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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 INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION 

 

*Inquisitiveness.*--At the same time when the sexual life of the child 

reaches its first bloom, from the age of three to the age of five, it 

also evinces the beginning of that activity which is ascribed to the 

impulse for knowledge and investigation. The desire for knowledge can 

neither be added to the elementary components of the impulses nor can it 

be altogether subordinated under sexuality. Its activity corresponds on 

the one hand to a sublimating mode of acquisition and on the other hand 

it labors with the energy of the desire for looking. Its relations to 

the sexual life, however, are of particular importance, for we have 

learned from psychoanalysis that the inquisitiveness of children is 

attracted to the sexual problems unusually early and in an unexpectedly 

intensive manner, indeed it perhaps may first be awakened by the sexual 

problems. 

 

*The Riddle of the Sphinx.*--It is not theoretical but practical 

interests which start the work of the investigation activity in the 

child. The threat to the conditions of his existence through the actual 

or expected arrival of a new child, the fear of the loss in care and 

love which is connected with this event, cause the child to become 

thoughtful and sagacious. Corresponding with the history of this 

awakening, the first problem with which it occupies itself is not the 

question as to the difference between the sexes, but the riddle: from 

where do children come? In a distorted form, which can easily be 

unraveled, this is the same riddle which was given by the Theban Sphinx. 

The fact of the two sexes is usually first accepted by the child without 

struggle and hesitation. It is quite natural for the male child to 

presuppose in all persons it knows a genital like his own, and to find 

it impossible to harmonize the lack of it with his conception of others. 

 

*The Castration Complex.*--This conviction is energetically adhered to 

by the boy and tenaciously defended against the contradictions which 

soon result, and are only given up after severe internal struggles 

(castration complex). The substitutive formations of this lost penis of 

the woman play a great part in the formation of many perversions. 

 

The assumption of the same (male) genital in all persons is the first of 

the remarkable and consequential infantile sexual theories. It is of 

little help to the child when biological science agrees with his 

preconceptions and recognizes the feminine clitoris as the real 

substitute for the penis. The little girl does not react with similar 

refusals when she sees the differently formed genital of the boy. She 


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