Alban is twelve years old. He stabbed his father. This article offers an epistemological reading of the act in order to remove the impasses of an approach that is too diachronic and procedural. The hypothesis is that a parricidal act can be seen as a fragment of mythic truth presenting the repetition of a phylogenetic metaphor: the murder of the primal father. This metaphor is explored by means of transference issues it gives rise to, especially pertaining to fetishistic identification and to the disavowal of female castration in the primal scene.
Adolescence, 2022, 40, 1, 109-122.
This article explores the meaning of the staging of a misdemeanor in some adolescents. We will conceive of petty crime as a true language of the affect, modeled on the dream, but expressed in waking life. The misdemeanor’s way of elaboration transforms dream thoughts into sensory images so that the nature of inner feelings can be figured.
Adolescence, 2018, 36, 1, 97-108.
The author shows how, in counter-transference experiences of precession, or gradual re-orientation, the wounded body of the analyst can let itself be invested as a place for representation of the transposition of the patient’s unconscious fantasies of castration. This gradual shifting of the axis of the countertransference should be understood as a valuable tool for the meta-psychological of unconscious process, even before the first analytical encounter.
Adolescence, 2016, 34, 3, 633-644.
A clinical vignette of the cure of two adolescents, a neurotic and a psychotic one about their psychological work on how to deal with the oedipus complex.
Through his clinical material of a therapy, the author will analyze, on the one hand, the impact of the puberty surge on internalization, far before puberty, of deeply disunited parents. On the other hand, the author will study the transformations which, vectorized by the therapeutic process, will indeeed preside to the reuniting of the internal parents. The author will develop that such a deep reconciliation is specifically fruitful for the adolescent process and has indeed an impact on its coming to be achieved, thus enabling the subject to begin his life as an adult.
The clinical study will pay a specific care to the separations during the holidays. Such holidays always represent, for the infantile parts, the parents’ sexual intercourses and the mother’s pregnancy. The clinical data will illustrate how such breaches in the therapeutic setting renew, with the internal divorce, « nameless agonies » colliding with the fantasy of « combined parents ». Both the internal divorce and the combined parents will appear as being the major obstacles to entering the adult life.
In the movie Dans la maison (« In the House ») a professor and writer lives through a gifted student, who himself can live only through people he observes and makes into the heroes of his novels. It would seem that the analyst could also live by proxy through his patients who become, if not heroes of novels, at least characters in clinical vignettes.
Adolescence, 2013, T. 31, n°2, pp. 461-466.