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The Astonishing Adolescent Upheaval in Psychoanalysis
Roosevelt Cassorla
IPA & Routledge / Softcover / Feb 2024
9781032461502 (ISBN-10: 1032461500)
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296 pages
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This book brings together international contributors to share insight from their theoretical and clinical work with adolescents, considering the different psychopathological responses they see in adolescent patients and how these can be worked with in analysis.

Each chapter addresses a specific topic, focusing on representing the clinical realities facing psychoanalysts in treating adolescents with different types of disturbances at the psychic level. They cover a range of situations and perspectives, including discussion of maternal violence, the erotic field, self-mutilation, and social withdrawal, with a core focus on issues affecting contemporary adolescents. Bringing together a vast range of experience, The Astonishing Adolescent Upheaval in Psychoanalysis presents a new approach which re-establishes the impact of the responses of significant objects in the impasses present in narcissistic suffering.

The Astonishing Adolescent Upheaval in Psychoanalysis will be of great interest to all psychoanalytic and psychodynamic clinicians working with adolescents.


‘The book The Astonishing Adolescent Upheaval in Psychoanalysis is of great interest to any clinical psychoanalyst confronted with the issue of adolescence in the 21st century. Through different perspectives, renowned psychoanalysts of contemporary adolescence present the psychoanalytic tools they use when facing clinical situations that go beyond the emotional turmoil that is expected for this period of life.’

Sergio Lewkowicz, professor and supervisor for psychoanalytic psychotherapy in the Psychiatry Department of the Medical School of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, is a psychiatrist and training and supervising psychoanalyst of the Porto Alegre Psychoanalytic Society (SPPA). He is a member of the gender and sexual diversity studies committee of the IPA.

‘This book is brilliant, exciting, and very accessible; this is a rare combination of articles and discussions from well-known psychoanalysts from all over the world, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, and Uruguay. They share their complex views on adolescence, dealing in depth with psychoanalytic theory. Very interesting developments on the clinical association of isolation, violence, addiction are presented in this volume, showing the dynamics and the suffering at play from very early in life, and the economics of the drives in narcissistic organizations. Many analytic cures are presented, a rich material for thinking and education.’

Christine Anzieu-Premmereur, MD, PhD, is Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, at Columbia University, and Faculty, Columbia Psychoanalytic Center. She is also Chair of the IPA COCAP and Co-Founder of Pulsion.

Table of Contents:

Series Foreword by Silvia Flechner


Biography of Contributors

1 Stupidity in the analytic field: Vicissitudes of the detachment process in adolescence

Roosevelt Cassorla

2 CHERCHEZ LA FEMME Becoming a woman: the mother-daughter relationship during adolescence

Silvia Flechner

3. Of Skin and of Self-Mutilation in Adolescence

Martin Gauthier

4 The turbulence of puberty in an uncertain world

Virginia Ungar

5 What prevents adolescents from suicide?

François Ladame

6 Effects of adolescent debut on the infantile super-ego

Carlos Moguillansky

7 Braving the erotic field in the treatment of adolescents

Mary Brady

8 In Praise of Modesty - In defense of a certain mystery

Ruggero Levy

9 Towards the construction of the adult identity: Another adolescent mourning

Michele Ain

10 Working with adolescents; formlessness, fears and transformation

Nergis Güleç

11 Social withdrawal in adolescence: Psychodynamic reflections and clinical strategies

Thomas Marcacci

About the Editors:

Roosevelt Cassorla, MD, PhD, is a training analyst at the Brazilian Psychoanalytic Societies of São Paulo and Campinas. He is Full Professor at the State University of Campinas and a member of the College of The International Journal of Psychoanalysis. His recent books include Advances in Contemporary Psychoanalytic Field Theory (co-editor) and The Psychoanalyst, the Theatre of Dreams and the Clinic of Enactment (both Routledge), and Suicide Studies: Psychoanalysis and Mental Health (in Portuguese). He received the 2017 Mary S. Sigourney Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychoanalysis.

Silvia Flechner, MD, is a child, adolescent, and adult training analyst at the Uruguayan Psychoanalytic Society. She is the IPA Publications Committee Chair for the term 2021-2025, and she has been a member of the Board of the International Journal of Psychoanalysis since 2008.

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