N.23 - Reflections on the adolescent group with particular reference to trauma and accidents

The ordalic scene and the work of individuation/separation at adolescence

Abstract

This research studies the impact of the ordeal scene (old eng: ordal judgement) as being a mode of symbolization, specifically primary symbolization. We questioned the function of going through the experience of flirting with danger and with death that older adolescents use. For this analysis, we built an analyzer named the contact ordal.
It confirms the value of going back over, in differed action, these remaining scenes that are awaiting symbolization.
The contact ordal illustrates how there individuals attempt to re appropriate the residue-traces of the experience of ambiguity, and  in the background, reveal the existence of dangerous primal fantasies with a haunting effect. These fantasies enabled us to observe that going through the ordal experience is accompanied by the predominance of two major phantasms:The phantasm of mono engenderment, which underlies the murder phantasm.The phantasm of returning to the womb that reactivates the incest phantasm.Using the ordeal scene at adolescence is thus an attempt to introduce accident phenomena along with their work of symbolization. Upon this postulate, we uphold the idea that the contact ordal mobilizes the danger scene, which offers a necessary and dynamic test to pass. Here the adolescent can replay differently that which started up in hardship.

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