Little Nemo in Slumberland, a comic strip drawn by W. McCay, explores the dream world of a young boy. It represents many corporal sensations, transformations and anxieties. The interest it held for Charles, an adolescent in psychotherapy, allowed it to be used as a form of mediation in the transference. It served to awaken him to his inner world, but also acted as a protective shield against excitations, enabling psychical elaboration work.
The prescription of psychotropic drugs in adolescence is a medical act leading to reflection about what it means for both the adolescent and the prescribing physician. A new generation of psychotropes has upset the habits of prescribing physicians. Nosographic clinical practice must combine with psychopathological clinical practice, so that medication becomes a “tool of liberty” permitting the subject to grasp the “psychotropic” capacity of the medication, thanks to the “magic of words”.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 865-875.
This article deals with the importance of sensoriality in the construction of the subject in adolescence as a reprise of a sensoriality of early childhood, and its overlap with the pubertary metamorphosis of the experience of orgasm. It also explores the impact that this event has on the subject’s relation with the external world and its internal objects in terms of creation, between absence and presence of the object.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 857-864.
Using the treatment of an adolescent girl received in consultation for hallucinatory symptoms, we offer a reading of the patient’s subjective expressions from temporal perspective. We will base our reflections on the actualization of primary links where sensoriality may become a road leading to the conquest of subjectivation. Because of this, we will explore the role of the adolescent’s current environment as a support in this work.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 847-856.
The work of the negative in adolescence is here presented as contributing to alexithymia insofar as it entails an avoidance of a traumatic sensoriality. So adolescence may be understood not only as a reactivation of the Oedipus complex, but also as a risk of sensorial resurgence akin to that which occurs at the beginning of life. A treatment based on sensoriality is conceivable.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 835-846.
Helping young autists with new corporal feelings and their fluctuations during the passage through puberty opens up new ways of calming when there is impingement by the drives. The pubertary passage which gives rise to a sensory awakening in the lower body can also help to restart the construction of an unfinished corporal ego and subsequently make the autistic youth more likely to be spontaneously interested in the relation with other people.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 821-833.
On the basis of strange sensorial formations and theories that seem like delusions, this article will present the notions of “creation of paradoxical sensorial envelopes” and “fantasy theories of adolescence”. The reliance on sensoriality is neither a deficiency nor a regression, but rather a paradoxical creation, both protecting and persecuting, which enables the elaboration in the transference of repressed traces of the infantile sexual unconscious, joined with corporal and fantasy compositions proper to adolescence.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 809-820.
The analysis adapted with corporal mediation of young man uncovers a physically “damaged” baby who was not touched but was stimulated to excitation very early in life. His “somatic-psychotic” symptoms hark back to encysted traces of this corporal memory of trauma. Split, incorporated and hallucinated, these traces can only be symbolized insofar as they are co-incarnated in the dependence relation with the helping object in the treatment, until there is a sharing of a self-organizing primitive sensoriality between analyst and analysand.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 797-808.
The process of adolescence involves readjustments of identity and identification necessitating work of psychization that is indispensable in ensuring a feeling of continuity. Its failure puts the subject at risk of being dominated by the “de-objectalizing function” of his psychical economy, thus preventing any living form of creativity and expression. The work of analysis may then proceed by way of the sensorial, using the displacement in the transference of unassimilated sensorial impressions, coming very close to the “body of the ineffable”, between impasse and creativity.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 787-796.
Slam is a new poetic art form involving performance that has been taken up by young people. This poetry-performance responds to the need for narcissistic support and the conquest of new spaces in adolescence, when the field of language is invested as a breaking away from the mother tongue and the normative tongue. It enables young people to confront otherness by sublimating their aggressive drives through the common esthetic object they identify with and in which they exercise their creativity.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 771-786.