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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

really the cause of the pleasurable sensation. To be sure, the 

gratification of the erogenous zone was at first united with the 

gratification of taking nourishment. He who sees a satiated child sink 

back from the mother's breast, and fall asleep with reddened cheeks and 

blissful smile, will have to admit that this picture remains as typical 

of the expression of sexual gratification in later life. But the desire 

for repetition of the sexual gratification is separated from the desire 

for taking nourishment; a separation which becomes unavoidable with the 

appearance of the teeth when the nourishment is no longer sucked in but 

chewed. The child does not make use of a strange object for sucking but 

prefers its own skin because it is more convenient, because it thus 

makes itself independent of the outer world which it cannot yet control, 

and because in this way it creates for itself, as it were, a second, 

even if an inferior, erogenous zone. The inferiority of this second 

region urges it later to seek the same parts, the lips of another 

person. ("It is a pity that I cannot kiss myself," might be attributed 

to it.) 

 

Not all children suck their thumbs. It may be assumed that it is found 

only in children in whom the erogenous significance of the lip-zone is 

constitutionally reenforced. Children in whom this is retained are 

habitual kissers as adults and show a tendency to perverse kissing, or 

as men they have a marked desire for drinking and smoking. But if 

repression comes into play they experience disgust for eating and evince 

hysterical vomiting. By virtue of the community of the lip-zone the 

repression encroaches upon the impulse of nourishment. Many of my female 

patients showing disturbances in eating, such as hysterical globus, 

choking sensations, and vomiting, have been energetic thumbsuckers 

during infancy. 

 

In the thumbsucking or pleasure-sucking we have already been able to 

observe the three essential characters of an infantile sexual 

manifestation. The latter has its origin in conjunction with a bodily 

function which is very important for life, it does not yet know any 

sexual object, it is _autoerotic_ and its sexual aim is under the 

control of an _erogenous zone_. Let us assume for the present that these 

characters also hold true for most of the other activities of the 

infantile sexual impulse. 


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