The Character as a Figure of the Otherness that Exists in the Self

By Tamara Guénoun

This article analyzes the mental stage though the paradigm of the theatrical stage, from the original angle of the actor’s creating process. How does embodying a character in acting mobilize the actor in a new relation to the self and to the other? Analyzing the mental process of embodying a character leads us to consider complex subjective problematics. Next, we apply this hypothesis to the clinical practice of theatrical mediation with adolescents in mental suffering by looking at a case. This will allow us to further examine this paradoxical dynamic in which acting an other leads one to feel oneself to be a subject.


  • theater
  • character
  • actor
  • embodiment
  • subject
  • subjectification
  • otherness
  • adolescence
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