Using the psychotherapy of a fifteen-year-old boy, the author offers a theoretical and clinical reflection on the hallucinatory function and its outcomes. When the Ego no longer experiences the hallucinatory image as false, this image acquires an actualizing potential that blurs the boundaries of perception. When hallucination ceases to be a seed for creation and becomes instead a persecutory projection, what powers must the transference deal with?
Adolescence, 2020, 38, 2, 357-368.
Through an analysis of the Pina Bausch’s show Kontakthof with adolescents over the age of fourteen, we explore the body, desire, castration, dream and identification in adolescence. We will see how a group can come together not on the basis of a protective ideal, but rather on the impetus of desire. This desire relates to dreaming and playing and manifests itself in dancing.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 1, 167-176.
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.
This article will attempt to investigate the importance of the self-informing function of sensoriality in adolescence in its connections with dream work, of which figurability is an essential component. These reflections are supported by the narrative of the process of the treatment of an adolescent engaged in compulsive body-attacking conduct.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 4, 719-733.
After a severe post-traumatic anorexia, Imane, aged seventeen, started an analytical psychotherapy in an institution, the beginning of was chaotic. A dream featuring a fantasy of ingestion of maternal black milk helped start a mutation. The transfer acted as support to the setting in motion and the elaboration of several identifications with the aggressor.
Once considered a body instance, this instance is very often seen as being endangered by the pubescent process. Inversely, we wish to show how mediated therapies, and in particular balneotherapy, are especially relevant during adolescence, in helping to restore this instance, which, thanks to the psychotherapeutic process, can recover its status as a vector of figuration.
The subject of the unconscious and the collective maintain consubstantial relations. They are like inside and outside for one another. The passage from to the other is accomplished as if over a Mœbius strip where inside and outside are indistinguishable. If the subject of the unconscious is the effect of the laws of language, this is not without being colored by collective productions and their institutional set-ups which, through a certain collective arrangement of speech and utterances, dig canals and confer upon it specific modes of expression. The tale and the dream, as they may refer to each other and unfold in a singular speech, aim to be the privileged means of grasping this articulation. An illustration of this is given here using a clinical research encounter, in the context of oral tradition, with an eleven year-old girl, recounting the marks of a fate for signs of a dreamed destiny.
The author goes back to the distinction D. W. Winnicott made between three forms of representational activity (daydreaming, dreaming and imagining) and shows that this distinction helps to establish a typology of ways of playing video games. These three ways of gaming differ both in the way objects shown on a screen are invested and in the way the gamer relates to his internal objects. This model breaks with that of addiction while laying the groundwork for a clinical and therapeutic approach to different categories of video game players.
Adolescence, 2012, 30, 1, 145-157.