Based on her own clinical experience, the author explores the psychic functioning of schizoid adolescents who have "withdrawn into their homes". She compares the Family Romances (Freud 1908) with what she identifies as an emerging and dominant schizoid family romance in these patients. Through them, she describes their search for an object that she calls a "Mirage Object", distinguishing it from Winnicott’s "Transitional Object" which does not elude alterity. The mirage object is the product of an idealized and omnipotent interaction of the False Self with a range of narcissistic, emerging and dominant objects in the so-called "pathological refuges of the mind" to which J. Steiner refers. Via the analytical relation and the patient’s oneiric activity, the author explores the variety of the patient’s mental refuges within the psychotic, schizoid and neurotic area of her defenses. These can variably block or alter the development of the Self as well as the psychoanalytical process.
Keywords: Schizoidism, state of withdrawal, private delirium, object-mirage, autistic object, shelters of mind