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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

 

This apparatus can be set in motion by stimuli, and observation teaches 

that the stimuli can affect it in three ways: from the outer world 

through the familiar erogenous zones; from the inner organic world by 

ways still to be investigated; and from the psychic life, which merely 

represents a depository of external impressions and a receptacle of 

inner excitations. The same result follows in all three cases, namely, a 

state which can be designated as "sexual excitation" and which manifests 

itself in psychic and somatic signs. The psychic sign consists in a 

peculiar feeling of tension of a most urgent character, and among the 

manifold somatic signs the many changes in the genitals stand first. 

They have a definite meaning, that of readiness; they constitute a 

preparation for the sexual act (the erection of the penis and the 

glandular activity of the vagina). 

 

*The Sexual Tension*--The character of the tension of sexual excitation 

is connected with a problem the solution of which is as difficult as it 

would be important for the conception of the sexual process. Despite all 

divergence of opinion regarding it in psychology, I must firmly maintain 

that a feeling of tension must carry with it the character of 

displeasure. For me it is conclusive that such a feeling carries with it 

the impulse to alter the psychic situation, and acts incitingly, which 

is quite contrary to the nature of perceived pleasure. But if we ascribe 

the tension of the sexual excitation to the feelings of displeasure we 

encounter the fact that it is undoubtedly pleasurably perceived. The 

tension produced by sexual excitation is everywhere accompanied by 

pleasure; even in the preparatory changes of the genitals there is a 

distinct feeling of satisfaction. What relation is there between this 

unpleasant tension and this feeling of pleasure? 

 

Everything relating to the problem of pleasure and pain touches one of 

the weakest spots of present-day psychology. We shall try if possible to 

learn something from the determinations of the case in question and to 

avoid encroaching on the problem as a whole. Let us first glance at the 

manner in which the erogenous zones adjust themselves to the new order 

of things. An important role devolves upon them in the preparation of 

the sexual excitation. The eye which is very remote from the sexual 

object is most often in position, during the relations of object wooing, 

to become attracted by that particular quality of excitation, the motive 

of which we designate as beauty in the sexual object. The excellencies 


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