After some considerations about the identity effects of clothing, the article shows how, in adolescence, clothing can serve a metaphorical and metonymical function, and how the therapist can make use of this, especially in cases of psychosis.
In the course of his career Michael Jackson became a planetary pop music icon. His journey and, above all, what he showed in his music videos enable us to bring out two central aspects illustrating the impasse of the elaboration of adolescent processes overlaying a failure of the integration of the genital body : the failure of the sex-differentiated encounter with an underlying phobia of women and the fetishization of the body through the choice of isolated organs as a way of preserving the omnipotent infantile body associated with the disavowal of castration.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°4, pp. 995-1004.