In a sixteen year-old adolescent boy, the after-effect in adolescence enables us to analyze a dysharmony in evolution that is masked by neurotic defenses. Treatment allows for satisfying symbolization, until a subjectal disorder and delusive episode occur, leading us to hypothesize the existence of a childhood proximity pathology – both incestuous and symbiotic, involving the maternal object – which has hitherto been only indirectly discernible in a feeling of emptiness and evasiveness in love relationships.
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 4, 789-803.
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.
Meeting François, an elegant young man of 35, having come to ask for an analysis for he knew I had written a book on pedophilia, enabled me to cast a new light on such pedophilic practices which we had studied at length with my colleague Roger Teboul (“Entre père et fils. La prostitution homosexuelle des garçons./Between father and son. Homosexual male prostitution, Paris, P. U. F., 1988). If indeed in numerous cases of pedophilia we find on both sides, that is both on the side of the adult and on the side of the child, situations of sexual abuse and deficiencies, I felt that one more characteristic were to unite pedophiles and children, namely not only the fact that it pre‑existed but also the trans‑generational transmission of several kinds of abuse, most of the time being physical ones but also psychological ones that are far more noxious. This is the point of view with which I shall deal first starting from François’ story, as compared to previous clinical data, before questioning the impact of such abuse in the constitution of the psyche within its several psychopathological aspects. But questioning abuse cannot eschew the problematics of incest with its unavoidable trans‑generational transmission when no therapy is available, hence a complementary feld of research remains open. Finally, when one is able to put the pedophilic “choice” with a personal story in terms of repeated abuse, often not acknowledged as such gives a new element in favour of arguing that pedophiles can indeed be cured and no longer remains a planned fate for those children who were once victims.
»The body of fate and the fate of the body are important issues during adolescence, which discloses the fate « of the absolute, unique and fundamental inheritance passed on to the adolescent by his parents. In this sense, there exists, to our mind, an intergenerational aftereffect of the traumatic, which is defined by the excess of the « too much « and the « not enough «. In this way, the « bad « is introduced and transmitted in the psychological life of the child, who during adolescence feels encumbered by the « corporeal « history of his parents. Also, beyond the onslaught of drives experienced during adolescence, the body, at this stage of development, reveals a sort of « original flaw «. This is why the young subject cannot manage to rid himself of the « body problem «, which brings into play seduction and sexuality and is, finally, the « problem « of the body.»
»This article presents the evolution of the family situation of a man imprisoned for sex crimes and the three girls who were victims of these incestuous relations. The family therapy undertaken during the imprisonment and after the conditional release enabled – once the father admitted the deeds – a reconstruction of the family and true reparations for the victims who no longer wish to be considered as « victims «.»
This article approaches certain aspects of fantasmatic of Theresa of Lisieux at the time of her preadolescence and its puberty. It reveals psychic conflicts marked by death and violence, as well as by the strength of the oedipian affects and by an impossible sexuality. It tries to show that if the psychical reality of « little Theresa » is far from corresponding to the sweetened image that we are usually made, it reveals not less the quality of the work of the life instincts and the strength of a remarkable process of maturation which known how to transform gradually a pathological and mortiferous psychic organization into a dynamics turned to the life.
The progressive disintegration in our modern societies of family systems and of the prohibition of incest allows us a theoretical step. If, outside of any family relationship, this double erasure has brought out the sexual crime as such – that is, the sexual abuse “ between the adults and the child ” (Ferenczi), this could be the sign the interdict did at all times try to contain – without being completely able to do so – the polymorphous and unbound sexuality present not only in the infant but in the infantile unconscious of the adult.
The tale “The Spectacles,” one of Edgar Allan Poe’s Extraordinary Tales, is a story of the “grotesque” showing us that if in adolescence one looks without seeing or sees without looking, the resolution of the enigmas of the sexual, of identity, of social development will be difficult because, like the hero at the outset, one will remain entangled in the net of Oedipal and incest issues. The adolescent gaze is above all “a language and it develops the proof.” (Jean Cocteau).
Psychical incest on two levels, mother-father, mother-son, may be a risk factor for fraternal violence, as may be seen in the treatment of a boy in late adolescence presented by the author. In cases where there is a parental configuration of an incestuous type and a traumatic brother, we observe a complex internal object, the killing brother, who constantly destroys within the psyche. To limit, or even eliminate, the damaging action of this internal object, it is useful for the analyst to be able to represent, from the position of the counter-transference, both the parent and the brother, ceaselessly moving between one and the other. The killing brother object is rendered harmless by being removed from his false place as nuclear object and place back into his place as an orbital object. The interpretation, in the founding myth, of Eteocles and Polynices, the warring brothers, enables us to deepen our knowledge of different aspects of this psychical reality.
Adolescence, 2009, T. 27, n°1, pp. 133-142.