The construction of representations proceeds both from the influence of purposive ideas, certainly shaped in childhood, and of a transformation ensuing from past, present and future experiences. The adolescent’s inscription in the genital order causes these representations to be renegotiated; this is manifested in the making of a plan, such as it is represented to him. The therapeutic setting can signify the importance of establishing a matrix that fosters this work of revisiting through thought. Some episodes from the life of Messi, a famous soccer player, serve as a guiding thread in this study.
Adolescence, 2014, 32, 2, 317-330.