Starting from the taking care of an undefinable young adolescent girl as seen in an emergency ward, the author develops a new reading of primary narcissistic disorders resting on the vicissitudes of the subject’s trying to erect some decent psychological mother image. Hence both bodies act as “ container ” within the relationship leading the subject, when confronted to forbiddings, to react in terms of actings rather than of words. The handling of such adolescents compels one to reconstruct, within transference, an introjected mother image hence turning the archaïc body into a body caught within the language and its signifiers
Starting from the taking care of an undefinable young adolescent girl as seen in an emergency ward, the author develops a new reading of primary narcissistic disorders resting on the vicissitudes of the subject’s trying to erect some decent psychological mother image. Hence both bodies act as » container » within the relationship leading the subject, when confronted to forbiddings, to react in terms of actings rather than of words. The handling of such adolescents compels one to reconstruct, within transference, an introjected mother image hence turning the archaÔc body into a body caught within the language and its signifiers.
The issue of the veil is approached by way of some its structural elements, which cause its “ logic ” to meet up with that of unconscious desire referred to the feminine : the set-up of the drives, the construction of the corporal imaginary that calls upon the concepts of Chose, and of the Lacanian object a. We will speak of how the metaphors of the veil open out onto philosophical and aesthetic fields investigated by way the problematic of castration. Through these psychoanalytical references, it is possible to shed some light on the alienating social consequences of the wearing of the veil by women.
By underestimating the importance of the mother’s affective relation with the infant’s body in its ongoing development, psychoanalytical theories forget the major role of the body as a « vital dimension of human reality ». The author establishes a distinction between body-image as a structure founded on sensory experiences, and the body as internal object, which includes the erotic body and has the function of providing a solid basis for the development of the ego and its relation to reality. The parts of the body linked to experiences of pain, deprivation or the absence of contact cannot be introjected and remain split off from the body as internal object, causing developmental problems which may go so far as to constitute grave disturbances in the relation with reality.
The rearrangement of identifications in the young girl as she moves from the end of childhood into adolescence is illustrated using elements from a study of preadolescents and their future development, a study carried out by means of interviews and projective methods. While the prepubescent and pubescent girls had the same average age, there are radical differences in the mutation of envelope femininity into orifice femininity depending on whether the girls have begun to menstruate or not ; this confirms the validity of hypotheses about the pubertaire proposed by Philippe Gutton. At the same time, psychical movements of separation from parental images take shape, providing a springboard towards subjectivation.
This article describes an original way of mediation that was used in a « Maison des Adolescents » : cosmetics. The workshop is lead by a professional socio-beautician together with a caregiver (nurse or educator) in a healthcare team. The beauty therapist evaluates every one of the adolescents’ requests and then offers them cosmetic procedures in line with what they wish, ask for or want to try. They thus learn to take care of themselves, of their desires, their beauty and their bodies. Everything that is experienced by the teenagers is then included in the therapeutic setting. This activity is very sought after by adolescents and causes great changes in the way that the teenagers view and represent themselves.
We will present here a therapeutic workshop that uses clothing as a means of mediation. This workshop, headed by an educator and a stylist working in a « Maison des Adolescents », enables work on the body image and its distortions, on self-esteem, on the body envelope and on adolescent body preoccupations. This workshop is both a place for meeting as well as sharing experiences on the subject of being and appearance.
Psychoanalytical psychopathology sheds light on the technique of packing. But recent neurophysiological, developmental, psychopathological and institutional studies have come together to enable this treatment practice to construct a psychotherapeutic setting for autistic and psychotic children and adolescents, as long as this is part of a complex institutional structure that takes into account all aspects necessary to the care of the patient in question. The vehement attacks of its detractors are put into perspective by the good clinical results it produces, about which a program of clinical research will issue a report in the coming months.