The myth of Perseus gives rise to thoughts on the psychical crossing of adolescence. The story is off to a good start with the prediction that Perseus will try to kill his grandfather. Because of this threat, Danäe is imprisoned by her father. The symbolic third party in the mother’s head makes it possible for the adolescent to bar the way to attempts at incest. Perseus’ challenge to the king and Medusa’s offering opens the way to the romantic encounter. Who can tell what the outcome will be?
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 1, 113-122.