This text is comprised of three parts. The concept of the genital archaic is re-examined and established as the prime mover of the pubertaire. Subjectivation or adolescens has its origin in the earliest mechanisms for managing the original trials : cathexis, withdrawal of cathexis and counter-cathexis. The concepts of original repression and suppression are particularly studied in the avatars of the construction of the pubertaire scene. The so-called clinic of the breakdown is theorized in a new way. A study of dream functioning at puberty revisits the processes in play by way of clinical work.
The theme of the pubertaire includes the revelation of the third dimension of the female body : the evolution at puberty of the maternal feminine. The author examines what he would call the maternal genital metaphor. Ordinarily, the erotic play of young adolescents is a symbolization of the masks of the maternal depths. In pathology there is a disavowal of the metaphor, defended by the practices of incorporation, aspects of the fetishizing of the adolescent’s body. Surface sexuality is commonplace at the beginning of adolescence. It can be perpetuated – the example of André Gide is investigated.