Putting into words in teenager’s clinic


Many of the pubescents and teenagers whom we attend nowadays share a characteristic profile: defiant, limitless, and with little paternal presence. Sometimes they request to be attended by someone with whom they can build a compensatory bond for a failing paternal function. Then the analyst is summoned to play an orthopaedic role, appealing to his supposed authority, to act as an analyst-father. The separation between the father’s function and the position of the analyst will become essential.

Father’s function, analyst’s position, authority, transference, pubescents, and teenagers.

[Automatic translation from Catalan]:

Since psychoanalysis, the idealized and central parent figure in the theory of the Oedipus complex has been in crisis for decades. Lacan has already advocated the father’s decline, and Recalcati says so differently, the father’s evaporation in the hypermodern era in which we live. He will show us a version of the father from the son, Telemachus, with his complex. I do not know if he discovers anything fundamental, but he does unfocused the paternity optics versus filiation.

We remember his book on the Telemachus complex, but also What’s left of the father? (2015) and other works always around transmission and inheriting.

We, the movies that we see repeatedly in the offices when we’re attending pubescents and teenagers, we could headline them: «In search of the lost father», «How to be put into words and not to sink in the attempt», or similar. And if we were to put titles, we could make psychoanalytic versions of the well-known psychiatric filmographies of the manual classifications:

«ADD-H Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity », which we should call P-ADD. Parental Attention Deficit Disorder;

q «DND. Defiant Negativist Disorder», which we would do better to call DND-A. Defiant and Negativist Disorder of Authority;

or «PLD. Personality Limit Disorder», to redefine as I-LD. Instinctual Limit Disorder.

Because they’re pubescents and teenagers who already come from childhood with characteristic traits […]

Joan Pijuan
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