Archives par mot-clé : Suffering

Delphine Schilton: When the treatment starts

The treatment starts when the adolescent or young adult patient appropriates the therapeutic demand and formulates for himself a need to understand. This means leaving a narcissistic register that has been defensively foregrounded in the elements of discourse, which masks the suffering and the symptom. The addition to the initial psychotherapeutic setting of a monthly psychodrama session helped the object transference to manifest itself.

Adolescence, 2017, 35, 1, 111-117.

Claude Cloës: the passion of suffering for the sake of another

Adolescence is marked by the subject’s encounter with the feminine and contains a potential for passion that in some adolescents may take the form of suffering for another’s sake. Discussion centers on another cause exclusive of the suffering that, I would argue, has to do with primal passion. Treatment work by way of the transference enables the subject to overcome the primal passion and exist as a desiring subject.

Adolescence, 2015, 33, 1, 133-141.


Risk taking behaviours are a way for the teen to fight against it suffering. Resolution are numerous. They include cultural practices such as theatre, music, sport, etc. or encounters. Analytic psychotherapy is worth for the teen that accept this principal. But it involves some adjustment of the setting, and an involvement of the psychotherapist. The quality of relation is as important as the content of the words exchanged.

David le Breton : The Forest Fire : An Anthropology of Self-Mutilation

In adolescence the body becomes a projection surface that one must control by adorning it, concealing it, abusing it, etc. Existence is a matter of skin, a question of the frontier between inside and outside. Cutting into the body brings suffering to the surface of oneself, where it becomes visible and controllable; it is much more an act of passage than a passage to the act

Béatrice Mabilon-Bonfils : the adolescent faced with the controlling relation at school : between secondary adaptations and ordinary arrangements

The article studies the hypothesis that there is a desire for control at the heart of every pedagogical relationship and that the controlling relation, whatever form it may take, represents a true defensive formation, masking the lack reveal by the encounter with the other. Within this scenario, one finds the rules common to every controlling relationship: the instrumentalization of the other and the impossibility, for the latter, of breaking out of the cycle of an exchange in which he gives more than he gets, such rupture being constructed as something unjustifiable, necessitating the use of force, an act of rebellion or violence. How do adolescents remain desiring subjects at school ? How do they escape from the controlling relation ? In the ambivalent relationship that they construct with authority, what strategies do they employ ? This investigation joins philosophical inquiry with a sociological viewpoint.

Adolescence, 2009, T. 27, n°2, pp. 447-459.