Journal title PSICOTERAPIA PSICOANALITICA
Author/s Anna Maria Nicolò, Laura Accetti
Publishing Year 2022 Issue 2022/1 Language Italian
Pages 18 P. 29-46 File size 221 KB
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In adolescence, more than in any other age of life, the body and its vicissitudes take on a structuring importance. Pubertal transformations give rise to new sensa-tions, change the perception of interpersonal distances, modify self-representation, challenge identity. By showing how this process follows a path whose outcome cannot be taken for granted, the two authors explore the origins of the sense of self in the body and of the body image, questioning those experiences in which the body is experienced as an enemy or a stranger to repudiate, attack or modify. The repudiation of the body may concern a profound identity doubt but it is also an indication of serious deficiencies in handling and in the mirror function of the mother, of the child’s body and experiences. The clinical exemplification of the analysis with a transgender teenager will show the vicissitudes of a profound distortion in the body image, and its link with a maternal mirroring as a form of denial of the child’s sex.
Keywords: adolescent body, repudiated body, denial of the body, transgender body, mirroring.
Anna Maria Nicolò, Laura Accetti, Corpo e diniego: l’enigma transgender in "PSICOTERAPIA PSICOANALITICA" 1/2022, pp 29-46, DOI: 10.3280/PSP2022-001003