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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

children. I cannot admit that I overestimated its frequency or its 

significance in my contributions to the etiology of hysteria,[17] though 

I did not know then that normal individuals may have the same 

experiences in their childhood, and hence placed a higher value on 

seductions than on the factors found in the sexual constitution and 

development.[18] It is quite obvious that no seduction is necessary to 

awaken the sexual life of the child, that such an awakening may come on 

spontaneously from inner sources. 

 

*Polymorphous-perverse Disposition.*--It is instructive to know that 

under the influence of seduction the child may become 

polymorphous-perverse and may be misled into all sorts of 

transgressions. This goes to show that it carries along the adaptation 

for them in its disposition. The formation of such perversions meets but 

slight resistance because the psychic dams against sexual 

transgressions, such as shame, loathing and morality--which depend on 

the age of the child--are not yet erected or are only in the process of 

formation. In this respect the child perhaps does not behave differently 

from the average uncultured woman in whom the same polymorphous-perverse 

disposition exists. Such a woman may remain sexually normal under usual 

conditions, but under the guidance of a clever seducer she will find 

pleasure in every perversion and will retain the same as her sexual 

activity. The same polymorphous or infantile disposition fits the 

prostitute for her professional activity, and in the enormous number of 

prostitutes and of women to whom we must attribute an adaptation for 

prostitution, even if they do not follow this calling, it is absolutely 

impossible not to recognize in their uniform disposition for all 

perversions the universal and primitive human. 

 

*Partial Impulses.*--For the rest, the influence of seduction does not 

aid us in unravelling the original relations of the sexual impulse, but 

rather confuses our understanding of the same, inasmuch as it 

prematurely supplies the child with the sexual object at a time when the 

infantile sexual impulse does not yet evince any desire for it. We must 

admit, however, that the infantile sexual life, though mainly under the 

control of erogenous zones, also shows components in which from the very 

beginning other persons are regarded as sexual objects. Among these we 

have the impulses for looking and showing off, and for cruelty, which 

manifest themselves somewhat independently of the erogenous zones and 

which only later enter into intimate relationship with the sexual life; 


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