Sabine Belliard : Gaze and Skin Color

The color of a patient’s skin is something not often taken into account in therapeutic work. The psychotherapy of Denise, a twenty-two-year-old Antillean girl, shows how her color, in connection with her specific history, had profound psychological effects, especially in her relationship with her mother and in her narcissistic construction. These observations about the psychological experience of skin colors in the Antilles are linked to the specific history of this part of the world, marked as it is by the slave trade.