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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

foreground the importance of the infantile factor for sexuality. 

 

 

THE SEXUAL LATENCY PERIOD OF CHILDHOOD AND ITS INTERRUPTIONS 

 

The extraordinary frequent discoveries of apparently abnormal and 

exceptional sexual manifestations in childhood, as well as the 

discovery of infantile reminiscences in neurotics, which were hitherto 

unconscious, allow us to sketch the following picture of the sexual 

behavior of childhood.[5] 

 

It seems certain that the newborn child brings with it the germs of 

sexual feelings which continue to develop for some time and then succumb 

to a progressive suppression, which is in turn broken through by the 

proper advances of the sexual development and which can be checked by 

individual idiosyncrasies. Nothing is known concerning the laws and 

periodicity of this oscillating course of development. It seems, 

however, that the sexual life of the child mostly manifests itself in 

the third or fourth year in some form accessible to observation.[6] 

 

*The Sexual Inhibition.*--It is during this period of total or at least 

partial latency that the psychic forces develop which later act as 

inhibitions on the sexual life, and narrow its direction like dams. 

These psychic forces are loathing, shame, and moral and esthetic ideal 

demands. We may gain the impression that the erection of these dams in 

the civilized child is the work of education; and surely education 

contributes much to it. In reality, however, this development is 

organically determined and can occasionally be produced without the help 

of education. Indeed education remains properly within its assigned 

realm only if it strictly follows the path of the organic determinant 

and impresses it somewhat cleaner and deeper. 

 

*Reaction Formation and Sublimation.*--What are the means that 

accomplish these very important constructions so significant for the 

later personal culture and normality? They are probably brought about at 

the cost of the infantile sexuality itself, the influx of which has not 

stopped even in this latency period--the energy of which indeed has been 

turned away either wholly or partially from sexual utilization and 

conducted to other aims. The historians of civilization seem to be 

unanimous in the opinion that such deviation of sexual motive powers 

from sexual aims to new aims, a process which merits the name of 

_sublimation_, has furnished powerful components for all cultural 

accomplishments. We will therefore add that the same process acts in the 

development of every individual, and that it begins to act in the sexual 


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