The theme of cannibalism emerged in an unusual way in an adolescent therapy group and was a recurring theme throughout its history. This article will study the polysemia of cannibalistic fantasies as the group process evolves. According to our hypothesis, the role of group illusion enabled a passage from a melancholy form of cannibalism to an incestuous one, and afterwards to cannibalism that was a defense against genital sexuality.
The party condenses two contradictory expectations : one individual, that is, knowing how to find the ideal in a love and/or sexual partner ; the other, to recover the narcissistic security within the group that promises some incomparable pleasures. The choice is especially difficult because the two solutions have the same consequence: the happiness of « oceanic feeling ». Caught between fidelity to the group and the hope of falling in love, the teenager often opts for a third way, that of the quick search for a trance-like state brought about by the consumption of alcohol or narcotics.
Revue semestrielle de psychanalyse, psychopathologie et sciences humaines, indexée AERES au listing PsycINFO publiée avec le concours du Centre National du Livre et de l’Université de Paris Diderot Paris 7