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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

all this when we become older. Why does our memory lag behind all our 

other psychic activities? We really have reason to believe that at no 

time of life are we more capable of impressions and reproductions than 

during the years of childhood.[3] 

 

On the other hand we must assume, or we may convince ourselves through 

psychological observations on others, that the very impressions which we 

have forgotten have nevertheless left the deepest traces in our psychic 

life, and acted as determinants for our whole future development. We 

conclude therefore that we do not deal with a real forgetting of 

infantile impressions but rather with an amnesia similar to that 

observed in neurotics for later experiences, the nature of which 

consists in their being detained from consciousness (repression). But 

what forces bring about this repression of the infantile impressions? He 

who can solve this riddle will also explain hysterical amnesia. 

 

We shall not, however, hesitate to assert that the existence of the 

infantile amnesia gives us a new point of comparison between the psychic 

states of the child and those of the psychoneurotic. We have already 

encountered another point of comparison when confronted by the fact that 

the sexuality of the psychoneurotic preserves the infantile character or 

has returned to it. May there not be an ultimate connection between the 

infantile and the hysterical amnesias? 

 

The connection between the infantile and the hysterical amnesias is 

really more than a mere play of wit. The hysterical amnesia which serves 

the repression can only be explained by the fact that the individual 

already possesses a sum of recollections which have been withdrawn from 

conscious disposal and which by associative connection now seize that 

which is acted upon by the repelling forces of the repression emanating 

from consciousness.[4] We may say that without infantile amnesia there 

would be no hysterical amnesia. 

 

I believe that the infantile amnesia which causes the individual to look 

upon his childhood as if it were a _prehistoric_ time and conceals from 

him the beginning of his own sexual life--that this amnesia is 

responsible for the fact that one does not usually attribute any value 

to the infantile period in the development of the sexual life. One 

single observer cannot fill the gap which has been thus produced in our 

knowledge. As early as 1896 I had already emphasized the significance of 

childhood for the origin of certain important phenomena connected with 

the sexual life, and since then I have not ceased to put into the 


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