Anne Franck wrote and re-wrote her Diary, the re-writing having been interrupted by deportation and death in a Nazi camp. Starting from both these versions, the author gives an account of the evolution with Anne of the discourse about her own self, right at the puberty stage and of the part played by the Diary in the experience of one’s own self being in full development. Here the diary is thought in terms of a container, i.e. as the seat of a task of both memory and renounciation but also as the evidence of an incarnated testimony.
Amongst adolescents whom the counter-cathexis is failing, writing cannot fulfill its economical function any longer. Some patients meticulously describe the environment in which they write, then hallucinate it negatively for quite a while: this environment represents in the external reality the mnemic-traces of the modalities of failure of the maternal counter-cathexes at first spotted in the quality of the first exchanges with the mother. This figuration potentially includes the interpretation to come. Sometimes this phenomenon is coupled with a lateral cathexis of the transference over the setting. As long as the economical question and the risk of decompensation are prevailing, this anaclisis is to be respected until the time for presentation is appearing.
tarting from the clinical observation that some adolescent narcissistic pathologies stumble against the achievement of a libidinal cathexis due to the love-hate shadowed over on to a grandiose and obscene father image, the author develops the idea of a kind of passionate cathexis of the symbolical dimension going further beyond the forfeit image representative of benefit to an identifying creative speech aiming at a far beyond the object. Such a cathexis aims at resembling an ” enamoured ” state together with a disentanglement of the subject and an idealization of the other person far beyond the other person.
What is at work with rap is very typical of what is at work during the passage between childhood and adolescence, i.e. processes of alteration of both language and voice. Hence quite a few physiological and psychological transformations can be put at a distance, masked by linguistic and vocal games of the rap.
A text, like ” juvenile poison “ by the group Movez’ Lang may indeed seem as representing the verbal staging of a ” change of skin ” : everything takes place as if the rappers wanted to dismember a prosody, a narrative discourse, a self representation specific of childhood in order to impose rhythmically and metaphorically an over-dimensioned vocal representation, very widely covering the voice and speech specific to the subject both within its excesses and its willingly stereotyped characteristic.
Indeed it thus envelops and veils individual subjectivity within a both prudish and suggestive interplay.
After having the described the ordinary complaints, as a necessity in those days of adolescence, our text, starting from a few clinical vignettes, shows the several specificities of the surge and the therapeutic approach of the adolescent complaint. The part played by a traumatic scene liable to expresse the complaint and its content are facts of a narcissistic cathexes specifically intertwined with libidinal cathexes are thus considered as typical of complaint at adolescence.
Starting from a psychotherapy session with a nineteen years old adolescent girl, the author shows the articulation between ” the narrative of action ” within the psychotherapy sessions and the externalized space where the action took part.
The author underlines how this ” widened psychotherapeutic space ” can be usefully used by the adolescent patient to integrate his internal conflicts by these externalized actions, when these actions are articulated with their representation during the psychoanalytic cure, inside the transference neurosis.
Apparently quite simple, the request of aesthetic surgery at adolescence is often far more complex than it seems. Under the requests of breast plastic surgery and nose plastic surgery for example, the pain that has appeared at adolescence and thus centering on a given organ (e.g. the nose or the breasts) is correlative to the very same pain linked with the psychical rehandlings often inherent to that age. Through a few examples surging from her own history, Claude’s analysis will enable one to trace such a desire for aesthetic change upwards towards its origin and will show the difficulties in identification and filiation directly with reference to her desire of a surgical metamorphosis.
Transformations within hallucinosis [Bion W.R. (1965) Transformations] are the result of a primitive disaster. The ” nameless frights “, since devoid as they are of sufficiently cointaining container, are at the roots of such disaster and transformations at stake. Through the mechanism of hallucinosis – both a passive splitting and a pathological projective identification -, the author explores the world of self-begotten creatures by such mechanisms. Puberty transformations altered within the hallucinosis process represent the red thread running through this paper. A literary (Frankenstein) and psychoanalytic approach through the psychotherapies of Franck and Victor will lead the author to locate the primary disaster at the origin of creatures of hallucinosis within the primary cavity At puberty, creatures both at the same time hiding and revealing the primary breakdown grow from the breakdown in the primary cavity.
Two extracts from the psychoanalytic cure of an adolescent are hereby the opportunity to examine under which conditions this work may have been undertaken and at what cost one was able to go on with it. The ethical approach is essential both to assess the characteristics of the level of commitment in the analysis and the goals at stake enabling it to go on around an acting out that was more than exemplary.