The nautical image of the doldrums that suggested by D. W. Winnicott to describe the period of adolescence illustrates the way that some patients are immobilized. The re-actualization of the Oedipal conflict, when it has not disappeared, will appeal to the Ego and mobilize narcissism. In a treatment center for adolescents, institutional psychotherapy associated with group treatment can help them start sailing again.
Adolescence, 2023, 41, 1, 91-102.
On the basis of long-term observations, this article will analyze the practices of secondary school teachers who use a social network with their students. The presentation of the results will enable us to add some nuance to the oft-heard claim that adolescents are increasingly on social media. On the contrary, these tools can encourage the fantasy that teachers are omnipotent and omnipresent. In some, they can also contribute to a confusion between private space and the professional sphere.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 2, 321-335.
In the adolescent, an absence or porosity of links with infantile objects causes a crack in the potential for identification and plunges him/her into an unbearable and unsettling feeling that the Ego is uncanny. The psychotherapeutic setting enables the patient to express his hatred towards the mother or the father, within a transference onto the psychoanalyst that makes it possible to encounter another, identified as “stranger,” who is sufficiently different (sexually) and differentiated (narcissistically).
Adolescence, 2017, 35, 2, 325-333
Adolescence, the age of possibilities, belongs to the field of discontinuity, the most perceptible form of which is corporal. Other discontinuities – psychic, familial, environmental – are proper to this age. Traces of the primary phases of development will echo these reorganizations.
Adolescence, 2017, 35, 1, 101-109.
Adolescent selfies intrigue the psychoanalyst, and their widespread proliferation on social media lead us to revisit the mirror stage. Are these self-images a reflecting mirror or an empty mirror? Even when they are enormously narcissistic, selfies come from a quest for identity, even a quest for beauty, and may be kindred with self-portrait. Beyond the ludic and narcissistic aspects, they are linked with fundamental questions of identity, sexuality and death.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 3, 623-632.
In an older adolescent with psychosomatic symptoms, the autosadistic symptom of trichotrillomania brings together deficiencies in the Body-ego and its attempts at autoerotic appropriation. These repeated traumatophiliac wounds are a survival method maintaining the excitation of a disavowed maternal absence whose memory traces infiltrate the memory of the sick body. What is at stake in the therapy is the revisiting, in the transference, of the homo- function and primitive auto-reflection.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 3, 587-596.
Activity seems to fulfill important functions for the work of masculinity that takes place during adolescence. What happens when this work is hampered by somatic illness? In light of a clinical vignette, these functions of differentiation/delimitation, of containing and support, but also of experimentation and virile potency will be explored.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 3, 563-573.
This article will analyze the expression of hatred of the father, which is as often encountered in treatment as it is in contemporary adolescents. Though it is true that the manifest content of an account may relate to different latent content and that the very conditions of adolescent treatments do not always enable the uncovering of the deepest levels of the unconscious, in the continuation of Freud’s work on the issue of parricide the study of literary works is a privileged way of understanding this affect.
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 2, 341-353.
The issue of hate and adolescence is viewed as a play of mirrors: on the one hand, there the hate that the adolescent can feel and which may be hatred of the other or self-hatred; on the other hand, the hate that may be directed at the adolescent, hatred of adolescents.
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 2, 289-299.
Hatred is profoundly narcissistic. It bespeaks an archaic defense, an extreme form of protection against the threat of narcissistic and psychic breakdown. It may be inoffensive or, on the contrary, aggressive and destructive, seeking to destroy otherness. In adolescence, the affective movement of hatred appears necessary with regard to the parental objects and towards the environment in general, since the adolescent has the feeling of being “frowned upon”, passivated or feminized.
Adolescence, 2015, 33, 2, 277-288.