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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

tenderness awakens the sexual impulse of her child and prepares its 

future intensity. She considers her actions as asexually "pure" love, 

for she carefully avoids causing more irritation to the genitals of the 

child than is indispensable in caring for the body. But as we know the 

sexual impulse is not awakened by the excitation of genital zones alone. 

What we call tenderness will some day surely manifest its influence on 

the genital zones also. If the mother better understood the high 

significance of the sexual impulse for the whole psychic life and for 

all ethical and psychic activities, the enlightenment would spare her 

all reproaches. By teaching the child to love she only fulfills her 

function; for the child should become a fit man with energetic sexual 

needs, and accomplish in life all that the impulse urges the man to do. 

Of course, too much parental tenderness becomes harmful because it 

accelerates the sexual maturity, and also because it "spoils" the child 

and makes it unfit to temporarily renounce love or be satisfied with a 

smaller amount of love in later life. One of the surest premonitions of 

later nervousness is the fact that the child shows itself insatiable in 

its demands for parental tenderness; on the other hand, neuropathic 

parents, who usually display a boundless tenderness, often with their 

caressing awaken in the child a disposition for neurotic diseases. This 

example at least shows that neuropathic parents have nearer ways than 

inheritance by which they can transfer their disturbances to their 

children. 

 

*Infantile Fear.*--The children themselves behave from their early 

childhood as if their attachment to their foster-parents were of the 

nature of sexual love. The fear of children is originally nothing but an 

expression for the fact that they miss the beloved person. They 

therefore meet every stranger with fear, they are afraid of the dark 

because they cannot see the beloved person, and are calmed if they can 

grasp that person's hand. The effect of childish fears and of the 

terrifying stories told by nurses is overestimated if one blames the 

latter for producing the fear in children. Children who are predisposed 

to fear absorb these stories, which make no impression whatever upon 

others; and only such children are predisposed to fear whose sexual 

impulse is excessive or prematurely developed, or has become exigent 

through pampering. The child behaves here like the adult, that is, it 

changes its libido into fear when it cannot bring it to gratification, 

and the grown-up who becomes neurotic on account of ungratified libido 


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