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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

neuroses, especially for hysteria, lie in this change of the leading 

zone as well as in the repression of puberty. These determinants are 

therefore most intimately connected with the nature of femininity. 

 

 

THE OBJECT-FINDING 

 

While the primacy of the genital zones is being established through the 

processes of puberty, and the erected penis in the man imperiously 

points towards the new sexual aim, _i.e._, towards the penetration of a 

cavity which excites the genital zone, the object-finding, for which 

also preparations have been made since early childhood, becomes 

consummated on the psychic side. While the very incipient sexual 

gratifications are still connected with the taking of nourishment, the 

sexual impulse has a sexual object outside its own body in his mother's 

breast. This object it loses later, perhaps at the very time when it 

becomes possible for the child to form a general picture of the person 

to whom the organ granting him the gratification belongs. The sexual 

impulse later regularly becomes autoerotic, and only after overcoming 

the latency period is there a resumption of the original relation. It is 

not without good reason that the suckling of the child at its mother's 

breast has become a model for every amour. The object-finding is really 

a re-finding.[5] 

 

*The Sexual Object of the Nursing Period.*--However, even after the 

separation of the sexual activity from the taking of nourishment, there 

still remains from this first and most important of all sexual relations 

an important share, which prepares the object selection and assists in 

reestablishing the lost happiness. Throughout the latency period the 

child learns to love other persons who assist it in its helplessness and 

gratify its wants; all this follows the model and is a continuation of 

the child's infantile relations to his wet nurse. One may perhaps 

hesitate to identify the tender feelings and esteem of the child for his 

foster-parents with sexual love; I believe, however, that a more 

thorough psychological investigation will establish this identity beyond 

any doubt. The intercourse between the child and its foster-parents is 

for the former an inexhaustible source of sexual excitation and 

gratification of erogenous zones, especially since the parents--or as a 

rule the mother--supplies the child with feelings which originate from 

her own sexual life; she pats it, kisses it, and rocks it, plainly 

taking it as a substitute for a full-valued sexual object.[6] The mother 

would probably be terrified if it were explained to her that all her 


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