The psycho-thing, from the invisible to the visible: seeing, feeling, perceiving, representing, thinking in adolescence

Journal title GRUPPI
Author/s Angela Baldassarre
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/1 Language Italian
Pages 15 P. 87-101 File size 393 KB
DOI 10.3280/GRU2010-001008
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Adolescents are often convinced that in the presence of psychic unease the "problem" may not exist, or frequently it is externalized, projected on parents, teachers, and so on. Adolescents often feel estranged from their difficulties. This process can involve the different institutions which adolescents refer to: the family, school, etc. In adolescence, experiencing intensely emotional and affective feelings often compromises the possibility of the young person being represented or considered on a family or school level. What happens when a psychic failure comes about? The adolescent feels his/her own identity is in danger, and ghosts, figments of imagination, and fantasies become "psycho-things" that do not distinguish the differences between inner and outer life, experience, perception, and real events, thus generating phenomena such as dispersion of identity, negative identities, confusion and/or strong dependence on people or things in a desperate quest for a possible Ego.

Keywords: Adolescence, projection, group identity, consideration, representability, psycho- thing.

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Angela Baldassarre, La psico-cosa, dall’invisibile al visibile: vedere, sentire, percepire, rappresentare, pensare l’adolescenza in "GRUPPI" 1/2010, pp 87-101, DOI: 10.3280/GRU2010-001008