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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

 

 

 

THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY 

 

*The Characters of the Erogenous Zones.*--From the example of 

thumbsucking we may gather a great many points useful for the 

distinguishing of an erogenous zone. It is a portion of skin or mucous 

membrane in which the stimuli produce a feeling of pleasure of definite 

quality. There is no doubt that the pleasure-producing stimuli are 

governed by special determinants which we do not know. The rhythmic 

characters must play some part in them and this strongly suggests an 

analogy to tickling. It does not, however, appear so certain whether the 

character of the pleasurable feeling evoked by the stimulus can be 

designated as "peculiar," and in what part of this peculiarity the 

sexual factor exists. Psychology is still groping in the dark when it 

concerns matters of pleasure and pain, and the most cautious assumption 

is therefore the most advisable. We may perhaps later come upon reasons 

which seem to support the peculiar quality of the sensation of pleasure. 

 

The erogenous quality may adhere most notably to definite regions of the 

body. As is shown by the example of thumbsucking, there are predestined 

erogenous zones. But the same example also shows that any other region 

of skin or mucous membrane may assume the function of an erogenous zone; 

it must therefore carry along a certain adaptability. The production of 

the sensation of pleasure therefore depends more on the quality of the 

stimulus than on the nature of the bodily region. The thumbsucking child 

looks around on his body and selects any portion of it for 

pleasure-sucking, and becoming accustomed to it, he then prefers it. If 

he accidentally strikes upon a predestined region, such as breast, 

nipple or genitals, it naturally has the preference. A quite analogous 

tendency to displacement is again found in the symptomatology of 

hysteria. In this neurosis the repression mostly concerns the genital 

zones proper; these in turn transmit their excitation to the other 

erogenous zones, usually dormant in mature life, which then behave 

exactly like genitals. But besides this, just as in thumbsucking, any 

other region of the body may become endowed with the excitation of the 

genitals and raised to an erogenous zone. Erogenous and hysterogenous 

zones show the same characters.[12] 

 

*The Infantile Sexual Aim.*--The sexual aim of the infantile impulse 

consists in the production of gratification through the proper 

excitation of this or that selected erogenous zone. In order to leave a 

desire for its repetition this gratification must have been previously 


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