We will elucidate the issue of sexuation in adolescence with reference to perverse processes, particularly of masochism. The mobilization of perverse processes is an attempt to negotiate seduction fantasies, which continue to be highly charged by traumatic realities like incest and death. We will connect perversion and sublimation, as opposed to idealization.
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 2, 439-448.
Using two dreams of youth, those of H. Scliemann and of S. Freud, the author proposes to explore the nature of these and their role in the adolescent psyche, pointing out their link with the object’s flaws and the value of illusion during the period of adolescence.
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 1, 87-97.
Idealization is considered to be among the three components of human love : « excitation, idealization, affection ». This contextualization helps us to understand better the complex and contradictory issues of the ideal. Hope is also tied to love. In descriptive terms, hope places in the future the object of love and primary satisfaction lost forever in the past. In this forward, progradient movement it seems possible to find it again in a vanishing point that recedes eternally, always out of reach. According to Freud, hope is « the hope of hallucinatory reunion with the lost object of satisfaction ». Following Freud, the author proposes a phenomenology and a metapsychology of Hope, which entails a theory of the hallucinatory, raising it to the level of a concept. A clinical example links ideal and hope: hope is born from the diminution of an idolatrous idealization. This disappearance of the hope of loving and being loved leads to despair and, in the end, death.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 1, 151-164.
The death wishes dealing with the same sex parent usually stay in the fantasmatic sphere and can’t find an acted way. How integrate the symbolic murder of a father died in an accident, who was felt on intense ambivalence before his death ? It is the Paul situation, young man of nineteen years old ; the extracts of his psychotherapy show hom the maintenance of the father idealization, becomed an idol, contribute to inelaborate this loss.
The mystical experience may go across the process of adolescence and may some time structure such a rehandling by bringing it either a temporary or decisive final outcome. It doesn’t dam the more or less pathological functionings but gives them a meaning. The ” beautiful ” Violaine resurrects her sister’s dead child, i. e. Mara’s, the ” bad ” sister’s child. The leprous thereby approaches her humiliation fantasy by means of one of rebirth in an idealization process made necessary to handle the puberty violence.
Starting from the clinical experience that some narcissistic pathologies at adolescence stumble against the achievement of a libidinal cathexis due to the love-hate borne by the grandiose and obscene father figure, the author develops the idea of a kind of passional cathexis of the symbolical dimension going beyond the forfeited imago representative in the benefit of a creative, identifying speech aiming at some kind of something beyond the object. Such a cathexis takes the shape of a ” love state ” with the subject no longer grasping, and the idealization of the other person far beyond any form of satisfaction.
tarting from the clinical observation that some adolescent narcissistic pathologies stumble against the achievement of a libidinal cathexis due to the love-hate shadowed over on to a grandiose and obscene father image, the author develops the idea of a kind of passionate cathexis of the symbolical dimension going further beyond the forfeit image representative of benefit to an identifying creative speech aiming at a far beyond the object. Such a cathexis aims at resembling an ” enamoured ” state together with a disentanglement of the subject and an idealization of the other person far beyond the other person.
Follow the “ pattern ” of youth in W Gombrowicz’s work, which shows the specific nostalgia of the adult gaze upon time that for him has passed : youth. He reveals the difference through which he grasped that event. Far from restoring the “ genital archaic ” present in the process of “ sexual differentiation ”, it is in the indifference of gender that adolescence is gripped. Masculine and feminine are indifferent as a pure form, beauty being faddish, and are claimed in the adult’s nostalgia as an observer of youth. Three aspects of this point of view qualifying the unconscious dimension at work in this “ pattern ” : the adolescent ideal of purity, the adolescent relation to excess, and finally the question of evanescence in its relationship with time.
With Meurtres dans la famille (Murders in the Family), Florian Houssier analyzes the necessity of the primal link between infanticide, parricide and fratricide, unconscious desires, which are organizing and subversive elements in the family bond that oblige the adolescent to elaborate its transforming function.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°3, pp. 745-752.
Using two clinical cases showing how impossible de-idealization is in late adolescence, the article explores the specific nature of religious idealizations. It shows the intrinsic relation between the ideal, the need for the absolute and faith in a divine figure. The ensuing study of paths followed by three adolescents helps give an idea of an ambiguity intrinsic to the religious ideal.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°4, pp. 835-851.