Archives par mot-clé : Masochism

Catherine Chabert: a torment

The author offers a theoretical and clinical reflection about homosexuality in young adults, using the psychotherapy of a twenty-year-old woman to investigate the outcomes of homosexual transference and its lateralization in terms of object choice and identification. Between the feminine Oedipus complex and the elaboration of the mourning for lost childhood, narcissistic and sexual issues of masochism and melancholy unfurl within a process marked by the violence of the drives and its aftermath.

Adolescence, 2020, 38, 2, 319-330.

Anne-Valérie Mazoyer, Marjorie Roques: idealizing, sublimatory and masochistic functions of the perverse process

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.

Michel Vincent : hate and trauma at the onset of adolescence

After having briefly evoked Freudian theories of hate and the three positions that I have suggested for study in adolescents, a clinical observation will allow us to gauge the impact of pubertary transformations stemming from childhood experiences in patients afflicted with grave somatic illnesses. These pathologies are not the expression of specific psychic conflicts; such traumatic disorders mobilize the resources of mental functioning in order to confront them better.

Adolescence, 2015, 33, 2, 301-309.

CHABERT C. : Melancholic womanhood 

the psychoanalytic treatment of adolescent girls and of young women suffering from severe food disorders, e. g. specifically bulimic behaviours enables one to point out quite a few problematics whose singularity calls forth metapsychological elaboration : the articulation of both masochism and narcissism enables one to stress the predominance of a moral masochism underlying a severe guilt associated to a specific building of seduction fantasies. Indeed, the subject herein holds an active role, which confirms the strong belief of having seducted the father. Such a “ crime ” compels any recourse to self-punishing behaviours throug an attack on the body within a move which sounds highly melancholic.

GILLIBERT J. : The retrospection principle within the time of the cure 

Around the logic of a retrospective and prospective time of the analytic cure, the author questions the processus of reminiscence, and of past and non predictive future. One should not attribute the logic of a retrospective temporality to a logic of the unconscious. Sucession never meant consecutiveness or causality. The unconscious, according to Freud, is nothing but the terms, i.e. the thing aura, in other words, what Freud called à “ thing (re) presentation ”. Language cannot be reduced to signs or symbols. No language can say what and who I am. There is a founding and therapeutic grounding breach between the several mecanings and the “ saying ”. Four clinical examples account for it. Indeed symptomatology compels one to believe in some cause and also causes the cause (where psychoanalysis embezzles itself whithin what it termed psychological causality). 


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.

Yassaman Montazami-Ramade : adolescent blood nuptials : soldiers and martyrs in iran

Following the collapse of revolutionary utopias, Iranian adolescents develop through their active role as voluntary enlistees in the Iran-Iraq war a “ culture of death ”, wherein the quest for the identity of martyr takes the place of a process of subjectivation.
Fundamentalist Islamic ideology and war fanaticism induce behaviors of narcissistic withdrawal, which prevent these youths from attaining the dimension of adult sexuality and going on from there to appropriate a discourse for themselves within a repressive society.
Through the clinical case of a former adolescent soldier, this article tries to show how this war has become the only response – in the form of an impasse – to adolescent processes for thousands of young Iranians.

Catherine Matha, Claude Savinaud : from wounds to sacrificial mortifications *.*

In this article, the authors reflect on the masochistic dimension of scarification practices. The displayed erogenous masochism reveals a deficiency of the pre-conscious processes in containing the pulsional pressure through the reversal of feminine passivity into self-agressive activity. The identification to a feminine position which connect eroticism with masochism is reduced to practices of incorporation of unfading signs wich themselves indicate the absence of introjection of the object qualities. These behaviours reveal an impossible hysterisation of intrapsychic conflicts, but also indicate chances of overtaking this conflict initiated by the emergence of puberty and their subjectivation.