L'adolescent entre deux temps: "être destiné" et "se destiner"

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The contribution tries first to unfold the ambiguities of the words destiny and destining, in order to differentiate between the free and the alienating forms of these terms. Psychoanalysis will be the main reference for thinking through this secret thread that holds us and the temporality according to which knots are formed in it. Next the contribution follows several exemplary poetic personalities (Hölderlin, Jean-Paul Michel, André du Bouchet) in order to unfold the coordinates and the logic of the moment where a destiny is decided. The philosophies of B. Stiegler and A. Badiou will be used to sketch some problematic tendencies of our time, as well as what could possibly relieve them. Through these steps, we aim to identify several principles that are likely to guide the action of a therapist facing a teenager at the turning point of his/her destiny, between the danger of alienation and the grace of a new body. Gradually, an ethic will emerge from this progression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-55
Number of pages8
JournalLa lettre du psychiatre
Issue number2
Publication statusUnpublished - 2008



  • destining oneself
  • sacrifice
  • ethics
  • destiny
  • adolescent action
  • Adolescence

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