This article focuses on an unusually exacerbated interplay of transference seduction in a teenage girl who is intensely sexually excited and who pursues unrequited loves following her father’s sudden death. The analyst’s response to this excitation and to the patient’s imperious demand for love will create a scenario wherein the seduction fantasy can be differentiating and organizing, alongside the fantasy of the father’s murder.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 1, 43-57.
The discovery of individual analytical psychodrama has offered clinicians new possibilities for the psychological treatments of adolescents. Using an excerpt from the treatment of a boy at the onset of puberty, this article will discuss the link between psychodrama and two-person improvisation. This reflection will focus on the possibility of borrowing the interpretive strategy of psychodrama to help a dual relation whose dynamic is stalled.
Adolescence, 2018, 36, 1, 183-191.
Though the case of Arthur, a video game addict, we examine the rewriting of an adolescent fantasy using the screen, in the “après-coup” of the mirror phase, as a projective and reflexive surface. We consider a “video game phase”, as a rehearsal for the relationship to the Other, the Other sex. Here, the game is a transitional space that simulates relationships to both objects and subjects. It falls short, however, of providing a substitute for the encounter (tuchê) with the external world or for a real, physical relationship.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 2, 309-318.
Freud approaches the beating fantasy “a child is being beaten” as part of the psychic dynamic of every individual. It appears at the end of the infantile period and derives from the psychic modifications which take place in three phases. This fantasy is rewritten in adolescence. Striking the parent is considered to be the enacting of every adolescent’s fantasy: “I am beating my parent.” It is understood that the phases occur in a condensed way, all at the same time, carried along by the outbreak of puberty. Each phase marks a different elaboration of the separation from Oedipal figures. The reemergence of this fantasy in adolescence overwhelms the thought system, allowing strong oedipal desires to coexist while punishing another person for not stopping these fantasies.
Adolescence, T. 31 n°1, pp. 37-47.
The study of fantasy as an adolescent theory permits a preview of the general future orientation of the subject-in-becoming into different clinical structures. More specifically, our point here is the status of fantasy in perversion as illustrated by some of Klossowski’s writings. Through the study of several of the characters, we are able to observe a freeze frame view in the perverse fantasy, which consequently renders the editing of it ineffective. What remains is only a repetitive, boring production.
The word “ virtual ” has at least three possible definitions : that which is potential and in the process of becoming, that which is present but not actualized at a given moment, and that which excludes the body and its turmoil. In all these cases, the virtual establishes itself as a fantasy wherein the desire to be contained in the image, to interact with it, and finally to swap skins with it are all mobilized at the same time. But sometimes, virtual encounters are also used by adolescents as transitional spaces for the purposes of personal symbolization.
The intrinsic content of the work the Golden Pavilion is analyzed from a psychoanalytical perspective. The correspondences between the novelist Mishima and the young hero Mizoguchi are only alluded to ; the author concentrates more on explaining why the young adolescent, received as a novice in the monastery of the « Golden Pavilion », comes to make the criminal decision to burn the famous temple. The vagaries of the construction of the ego in the pre-Oedipal and Oedipal phases, and the hero’s difficulty in finding a place as a desiring subject are examined. The central question has to do with the peculiar status of the Golden Pavilion within the hero’s psychical economy : reality, fantasy, hallucination, or endo-psychical object ?
The treatment of so-called adult subjects is often punctuated with references to a period of time which they call their adolescence. We shall start from a postulate: the moment of adolescence could be defined as the time when the child fantasy is recast. The psychical work of the becoming-adult could then be grasped as the moment when this refashioned construction can be examined. The solidity of this construction could then be put to the test, or else its faults could be fathomed so as to attempt a new construction. We shall endeavour to illustrate this through various clinical cases.
Now that there exists in psychoanalysis a logic that can identify the phase of the formation of a subject, like that of a neurosis, we can confirm that adolescence is a decisive logical phase. A time of the retroactive hold of fantasy, it is also the time of the discovery of orgasm, which constitutes what J. Lacan calls a maturation of the object a. The sexual relation discovers its non-conjunction in the man and the woman, whose effect is one of castration for both partners, repeating the symbolic castration that is the outcome of the Œdipus complex.
This article aims to articulate two theoretical and complementary approaches to adolescence: fantasy and its recasting on the one hand, and the adolescent “ sinthome ” on the other hand. We’ll start off with the concept of the “ sinthome ” in J. Lacan’s theory and its specific use in the logical moment of adolescence. Then we’ll consider what we have named “ the recasting of adolescence ”. It is indeed a conception of adolescence fantasy (the specificity of the rhomboid – which Lacan calls the “ awl ” – in the matheme) which will enable us to find the primary foundations of the construction of the “ sinthome ”. By showing how close the function of the “ sinthome ” is to that of fantasy, this theory leads into new avenues regarding the psychopathology of the adolescent and, moreover, into the direction his treatment should take.
Adolescence, 2008, T. 26, n°1, pp. 237-247.