Archives par mot-clé : Fantasy

Serge Hefez: crossing through gender, crossing through fantasy

In studies on trans identity, sexuality is still largely unexplored territory. While sex and gender cover heterogenous data, it is hard not to hear the intertwining questions. The author relies on what transitioning or gender-fluid youths, or those who seeking to escape being categorized as man/woman, homo/hetero, cis/trans, are saying about their sexual practices. How does the agency of these bodies undergoing transformation fit into the development of our theories?

Adolescence, 2023, 41, 2, 311-323.

Francine Caraman: albertine and the boys

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.

Benjamin Degenne: a substitute for psychodrama in a dual relation

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.

Michèle Benhaïm, Jamel Jouault, Karine Méolans-Lafon: The test of the virtual subject .

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.

Cindy Vicente, Philippe Robert : From the Childhood Fantasy “a Child Is Being Beaten” to the Adolescent Act “I Am Beating My Parent”

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.

Serge Tisseron : the virtual in adolescence, its mythologies, its fantasies, and its uses

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.

Christine Condamin-Pouvelle : the deadly heritage of the golden pavilion

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 ?

Brigitte Haie : the moment of adolescence as a trigger to adult treatment

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.

Gisèle Chaboudez : the logical phase of adolescence

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.