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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 SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY 

 

In our effort to follow up the origins of the sexual impulse, we have 

thus far found that the sexual excitement originates (_a_) as an imitation 

of a gratification which has been experienced in conjunction with other 

organic processes; (_b_) through the appropriate peripheral stimulation of 

erogenous zones; (_c_) and as an expression of some "impulse," like the 

looking and cruelty impulses, the origin of which we do not yet fully 

understand. The psychoanalytic investigation of later life which leads 

back to childhood and the contemporary observation of the child itself 

cooeperate to reveal to us still other regularly-flowing sources of the 

sexual excitement. The observation of childhood has the disadvantage of 

treating easily misunderstood material, while psychoanalysis is made 

difficult by the fact that it can reach its objects and conclusions only 

by great detours; still the united efforts of both methods achieve a 

sufficient degree of positive understanding. 

 

In investigating the erogenous zones we have already found that these 

skin regions merely show the special exaggeration of a form of 

sensitiveness which is to a certain degree found over the whole surface 

of the skin. It will therefore not surprise us to learn that certain 

forms of general sensitiveness in the skin can be ascribed to very 

distinct erogenous action. Among these we will above all mention the 

temperature sensitiveness; this will perhaps prepare us for the 

understanding of the therapeutic effects of warm baths. 

 

*Mechanical Excitation.*--We must, moreover, describe here the 

production of sexual excitation by means of rhythmic mechanical shaking 

of the body. There are three kinds of exciting influences: those acting 

on the sensory apparatus of the vestibular nerves, those acting on the 

skin, and those acting on the deep parts, such as the muscles and 

joints. The sexual excitation produced by these influences seems to be 

of a pleasurable nature--it is worth emphasizing that for some time we 

shall continue to use indiscriminately the terms "sexual excitement" and 

"gratification" leaving the search for an explanation of the terms to a 

later time--and that the pleasure is produced by mechanical stimulation 

is proved by the fact that children are so fond of play involving 

passive motion, like swinging or flying in the air, and repeatedly 

demand its repetition.[20] As we know, rocking is regularly used in 

putting restless children to sleep. The shaking sensation experienced in 

wagons and railroad trains exerts such a fascinating influence on older 


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