We approach the issue of the unplaceable adolescent from the perspective of a paradox, speaking of the necessary quest to be named by another; this will establish one as a subject. Treating adolescents at Youth Legal Protection, we are confronted with the violence of repetition, but also with powerlessness and confusion. It is essential that the hate of the transference – and in the transference – be heard in order to understand what is at stake for the adolescent relegated to this position of excluded object.
Adolescence, 2021, 39, 2, 415-424.
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.
An adolescent may transfer his own inner disorganization onto the people around him, causing misunderstandings and tensions to emerge among them. The problematic that the adolescent is unconsciously asking them to harbor may induce great interpersonal violence, with the risk of shattering institutional bonds. Several examples will shed light on the intersubjective mechanisms at work in this phenomenon.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 2, 423-438.
Using a clinical account of a lengthy hospitalization in a psychiatric ward, the author focuses on the double function of transference repetition, examined through the prism of regression. The effects of regression, which are both harmful and binding, will be analyzed, with particular attention to instances of sadomasochistic acting as a way out of melancholic identification.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 2, 281-288.
This article focuses on an unusually exacerbated interplay of transference seduction in a teenage girl who is intensely sexually excited and who pursues unrequited loves following her father’s sudden death. The analyst’s response to this excitation and to the patient’s imperious demand for love will create a scenario wherein the seduction fantasy can be differentiating and organizing, alongside the fantasy of the father’s murder.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 1, 43-57.
The authors introduce different angles for thinking about adolescent sexualities. Have changes in society – social media, the recognition of minority sexualities – changed the representations and behaviors of adolescents? Treatments, institutional care, and cultural objects, viewed through the prism of a study of transference, offer valuable ground for reflecting on the complex relations between sexuality, violence and identity issues.
Adolescence, 2019, 37, 1, 9-12.
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
The author explores the links between crisis of transmission, crisis of transgenerational identifications, and crisis of identity, and the effects these have on adolescents’ identity construction. In our clinical practice, are we not confronted with the conflicts of these three domains and are we not, in the transference (and counter transference) potential supports for the three modes of object relations with the adolescents and families we encounter?
Adolescence, 2017, 35, 2, 261-268.
This article presents the beginnings of the treatment of an adolescent who has experienced early trauma. The disconuity reestablished from the very start of treatment by repeated absences will bring the analyst face to face with the primary object relations. Constant disruption of, or even attacks on, the setting will have to be constructed around the patient’s psychic possibilities.
Adolescence, 2017, 35, 1, 45-52.
The beginnings of adolescent and young adult treatments are tested by transference feelings that are highly mobilized from the outset. Drive excitation and ambivalence characterize the analytical situation and the resistances reinforced by the fear of betraying primal love objects. The treatment of a twenty-three years old obsessive man, examined in the light of the Rat Man case, supports this hypothesis.
Adolescence, 2017, 35, 1, 9-20.