In this article new forms of contradiction-conflict resulting from changes in the perception of limits that psychoanalysts encounter in their practice today are conceived from the perspective of the notions of work of the negative and of subjectivation
Face-to-face is one of the most relevant therapeutic contexts for adolescence. Adolescence is first of all a crisis of narcissism and identity, and the psychoanalyst’s gaze and what he sees of the adolescent eases the latter’s development and work.Two clinical examples illustrate floating vision: a possible approach for the psychoanalyst intending to introduce the visual or the gaze in the psychotherapeutic process.
We can work psychoanalytically with the couch or face-to-face, what is important is that the analyst know how to use the conditions best-suited to allowing the patient to start and carry on as far as he wishes a step towards subjective appropriation of his existence.
The author describes what may underlie a recommendation for a face-to-face beginning to a psychoanalytical treatment: more than the narcissistic pathologies or necessity of the psychoanalyst’s benevolent gaze, these are cases where a disorder of the subjectivating function is in play.
So in face-to-face work the patient will be able to perceive (de visu) more the drive charge of the psychoanalyst’s reactions, and the latter’s task will be to reprise the initial conditions of subjective appropriation that have been hampered.
Adolescence, as the threshold of obligatory subjectivation, lends itself particularly well to this arrangement.