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Tempo psicanalitico

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BERNATEAU, Isée. Freezing time: the adolescent temptation for suspended time. Tempo psicanal. [online]. 2016, vol.48, n.2, pp. 9-24. ISSN 0101-4838.

As they reach puberty and encounter the incest-related threats it entails, some adolescents may be tempted to freeze the passage of time, in other words to stop temporal flow in an effort to take refuge from the drive's circuit. Thus, freezing time amounts to ensuring that nothing arises any longer, or indeed moves on. Through the case study of Adrien, an adolescent placed under medical follow-up in a day hospital due to depressive disorders, the author unearths the unconscious motives that cause temporality to be brought to a standstill, and shows how a writing workshop reactivated the subjectification process, thereby allowing the patient to regain a sense of time.

Keywords : Adolescence; incest; frozen time.

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