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THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-1
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-2
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-3
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-4
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-5
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-6
THE FIRST WOMAN, AND HER ANTEDILUVIAN DESCENDANTS-7
DEGREES OF SENTIMENTAL ATTACHMENT AT DIFFERENT PERIODS-8
A VIEW OF MATRIMONY IN THREE DIFFERENT LIGHTS
FEMALE FRIENDSHIP
A LETTER TO A NEW MARRIED MAN
ITALIAN DEBAUCHERY
CUSTOM IN THE MOGUL EMPIRE
ANECDOTE OF CAESAR
POWER OF PHILTRES AND CHARMS
LAPLAND AND GREENLAND LADY
ART OF DETERMINING THE PRECISE FIGURE, THE DEGREE OF BEAUTY,THE HABITS, AND THE AGE, OF WOMEN, NOTWITHSTANDING THE AIDS AND DISGUISES OF DRESS
THE IDEAL OF FEMALE BEAUTY; OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE FAMOUS STATUE OF THE VENUS DE MEDICI
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-1
AN ESSAY ON MATRIMONY-2
Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex. PREFACE
THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS-1.1
DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM-1.2
GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS-1.3
PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES-1.4
THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.1
THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.2
THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION-2.3
THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY-2.4
THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY-3
THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO-3.1
SUMMARY-3.2
SUMMARY-3.3
INDEX-1
INDEX-2
INDEX-3

PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES 

 

Keeping in mind what we have learned from the examination of the 

positive and negative perversions, it becomes quite obvious that they 

can be referred to a number of "partial impulses," which are not, 

however, primary but are subject to further analysis. By an "impulse" we 

can understand in the first place nothing but the psychic representative 

of a continually flowing internal somatic source of excitement, in 

contradistinction to the "stimulus" which is produced by isolated 

excitements coming from without. The impulse is thus one of the concepts 

marking the limits between the psychic and the physical. The simplest 

and most obvious assumption concerning the nature of the impulses would 

be that in themselves they possess no quality but are only taken into 

account as a measure of the demand for effort in the psychic life. What 

distinguishes the impulses from one another and furnishes them with 

specific attributes is their relation to their somatic _sources_ and to 

their _aims_. The source of the impulse is an exciting process in an 

organ, and the immediate aim of the impulse lies in the elimination of 

this organic stimulus. 

 

Another preliminary assumption in the theory of the impulse which we 

cannot relinquish, states that the bodily organs furnish two kinds of 

excitements which are determined by differences of a chemical nature. 

One of these forms of excitement we designate as the specifically sexual 

and the concerned organ as the _erogenous zone_, while the sexual 

element emanating from it is the partial impulse.[27] 

 

In the perversions which claim sexual significance for the oral cavity 

and the anal opening the part played by the erogenous zone is quite 

obvious. It behaves in every way like a part of the sexual apparatus. In 

hysteria these parts of the body, as well as the tracts of mucous 

membrane proceeding from them, become the seat of new sensations and 

innervating changes in a manner similar to the real genitals when under 

the excitement of normal sexual processes. 

 

The significance of the erogenous zones in the psychoneuroses, as 

additional apparatus and substitutes for the genitals, appears to be 

most prominent in hysteria though that does not signify that it is of 

lesser validity in the other morbid forms. It is not so recognizable in 

compulsion neurosis and paranoia because here the symptom formation 

takes place in regions of the psychic apparatus which lie at a great 

distance from the central locations for bodily control. The more 

remarkable thing in the compulsion neurosis is the significance of the 


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