Interviews, first semi-directive, afterwards freeform, with subjects using gay dating sites have allowed us to pinpoint a certain number of particularities of types of unconscious dares, involving both their own fantasy life and their family history, concomitant with risk-taking that led to infection with the AIDS virus. These interviews also allowed some subjects who participated in them a better perception of their vital choices, and an opportunity to put into perspective the conclusions that partly determined their risk-taking.
The creation and cathexis of an image of one’s self-to-be seem unnecessary for both the adolescent and the adult in order to be (considered as) « normal ». In other words, what is traditionally called a « goal » plays a central part in one’s psychical life. This paper wishes to show that if the goal is always to be considered as a strategy towards immortality, its function is radically altered by the encounter between the adolescent and the « mortiferous » in death.
A community of young women, known as the pro-ana bloggers, uses the Internet as a forum to exchange their methods of losing weight and to share details of their personal war against food. Their blogs stirred a wave of public sympathy which culminated, in April 2008, with the passing of a new law. We will see that the blogs, while certainly created with the goal of encouraging low weight, are written not so much from the point of view of the young women suffering from cachexia, but of the persons committed to anorexia/bulimia. Through their pro-ana blogging activity they are asking, firstly, for support to fight off the bulimic episodes, and, secondly, for recognition that they belong to a community.
Based on the case of Corentin (14 years old) and its psychoanalytic analysis, the article illustrates the relevance of group therapy using theatre mediation. In spite of a longstanding psychotherapy in a Centre Médico-Psycho-Pédagogique (CMPP) (centre dedicated to children and youths aged 0 to 18 years old suffering difficulties in their development, sponsored by the French Ministry of Social Affairs), the therapists are preoccupied with Corentin and fear a psychotic crystallization of his personality. He feels persecuted by anyone, especially by his father, his therapy gets limited results and his social relationship with his peers worsen. To give a new impulsion to his therapy, he was offered group therapy using theatre mediation. Through the games of improvisations, Corentin tests identification to the father and commits his imaginary murder. Progressively, he discovers the symbolic dimension of this murder thanks to the organisation of the group and its elaboration capacity. This young teenager gets anew involved in his psychotherapy, goes back to reality and creates new social links with his peers.
Suicide is an enigmatic act. It is performed outside the boundaries of common sense, it is a nonsense act. What makes a subject unable to escape the dead-end of the following alternative: « your money or your life » ? How can one go beyond the question of the impossible choice ? The being or the meaning? Edouard Levé has comitted suicide after having written a book named Suicide, which dealt with one of his youth friend’s suicide. Through his writing, he tries to clear the very mystery of one’s existence and of the dopplerganger’s which emerge like an imaginary echo. Would’nt that be, by the way, one of the questions raised by most suicides?
The author relates the many adolescent martyrs and murderers in the work of the writer Mishima to his own life, leading to reflections on masochism and sadism as after-effects of early traumatic experiences. As long as Mishima managed to successfully sublimate through the accomplishment of a literary work, his masochism could be used as a « guardian of life » in an attempt to overcome trauma – afterwards (« après-coup ») – and unfold a hidden message. However, the writer seems to have been subsequently overwhelmed by the destructive potential of detached death impulses and carried away to his death by a mortified masochism without repairing his primordial narcissistic injuries and without curing the primary object deprivation.
Vertigo quest that can go to syncope is a usual teen activity under enjoyable activities such as elastic jumping, physical commitments. Or painful activities such as binge drinking, toxicomany… But we also find it under the form of asphyxia games where syncope is deliberately found. This article provides an anthropological analysis of this paradoxical quest.
rom a study longitudinal being about children and teenager with high potential, I want to talk about two clever babies development became clever teenagers, and the link between traumatophilia and death. I will develop two clinical cases, one referring to childhood and adolescence of Blaise Pascal and his passion for mathematics, the other is a longitudinal study which explain the love passion of Ariane, a young gifted girl met at 8 and 14 years. Traumatisms by exess and traumatisms by default will build babies and teenager with a high potential, that will be my first hypothesis. My second hypothesis is about the traumatophilic movement which come reinforce, or even doing violence to the separation process : for the gifted teenagers, love passion no need separation.
The authors address the issue of the attempted suicide of a teenager in connection with « mother » failing in its capacity as investment, resulting in the formation of a hole in the object relation. The tension of conflict between attraction and object-preserving narcissistic found to be expressed through the body and act at such great suffering in adolescent identity. In an attempt to plug the gaps caused by narcissistic failures of the early object, use an object of addiction (violin) – from tuning and hooking – has allowed this teenager to avoid confront loss, emptiness itself, and to distance any investment that could be threatening to her psychic integrity. The authors show how psychotherapy mediation will promote the involvement of this adolescent work in barter and mourning in support of sublimation.
The death wishes dealing with the same sex parent usually stay in the fantasmatic sphere and can’t find an acted way. How integrate the symbolic murder of a father died in an accident, who was felt on intense ambivalence before his death ? It is the Paul situation, young man of nineteen years old ; the extracts of his psychotherapy show hom the maintenance of the father idealization, becomed an idol, contribute to inelaborate this loss.