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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

behaves in his anxiety like a child; he fears when he is alone, _i.e._, 

without a person of whose love he believes himself sure, and who can 

calm his fears by means of the most childish measures.[7] 

 

*Incest Barriers.*--If the tenderness of the parents for the child has 

luckily failed to awaken the sexual impulse of the child prematurely, 

_i.e._, before the physical determinations for puberty appear, and if 

that awakening has not gone so far as to cause an unmistakable breaking 

through of the psychic excitement into the genital system, it can then 

fulfill its task and direct the child at the age of maturity in the 

selection of the sexual object. It would, of course, be most natural for 

the child to select as the sexual object that person whom it has loved 

since childhood with, so to speak, a suppressed libido.[8] But owing to 

the delay of sexual maturity time has been gained for the erection 

beside the sexual inhibitions of the incest barrier, that moral 

prescription which explicitly excludes from the object selection the 

beloved person of infancy or blood relation. The observance of this 

barrier is above all a demand of cultural society which must guard 

against the absorption by the family of those interests which it needs 

for the production of higher social units. Society, therefore, uses 

every means to loosen those family ties in every individual, especially 

in the boy, which are authoritative in childhood only.[9] 

 

The object selection, however, is first accomplished in the imagination, 

and the sexual life of the maturing youth has hardly any escape except 

indulgence in phantasies or ideas which are not destined to be brought 

to execution. In the phantasies of all persons the infantile 

inclinations, now reenforced by somatic emphasis, reappear, and among 

them one finds in regular frequency and in the first place the sexual 

feeling of the child for the parents. This has usually already been 

differentiated by the sexual attraction, the attraction of the son for 

the mother and of the daughter for the father.[10] Simultaneously with 

the overcoming and rejection of these distinctly incestuous phantasies 

there occurs one of the most important as well as one of the most 

painful psychic accomplishments of puberty; it is the breaking away from 

the parental authority, through which alone is formed that opposition 

between the new and old generations which is so important for cultural 

progress. Many persons are detained at each of the stations in the 

course of development through which the individual must pass; and 


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