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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

accordingly there are persons who never overcome the parental authority 

and never, or very imperfectly, withdraw their affection from their 

parents. They are mostly girls, who, to the delight of their parents, 

retain their full infantile love far beyond puberty, and it is 

instructive to find that in their married life these girls are incapable 

of fulfilling their duties to their husbands. They make cold wives and 

remain sexually anesthetic. This shows that the apparently non-sexual 

love for the parents and the sexual love are nourished from the same 

source, _i.e._, that the first merely corresponds to an infantile 

fixation of the libido. 

 

The nearer we come to the deeper disturbances of the psychosexual 

development the more easily we can recognize the evident significance of 

the incestuous object-selection. As a result of sexual rejection there 

remains in the unconscious of the psychoneurotic a great part or the 

whole of the psychosexual activity for object finding. Girls with an 

excessive need for affection and an equal horror for the real demands of 

the sexual life experience an uncontrollable temptation on the one hand 

to realize in life the ideal of the asexual love and on the other hand 

to conceal their libido under an affection which they may manifest 

without self reproach; this they do by clinging for life to the 

infantile attraction for their parents or brothers or sisters which has 

been repressed in puberty. With the help of the symptoms and other 

morbid manifestations, psychoanalysis can trace their unconscious 

thoughts and translate them into the conscious, and thus easily show to 

such persons that they are in love with their consanguinous relations in 

the popular meaning of the term. Likewise when a once healthy person 

falls sick after an unhappy love affair, the mechanism of the disease 

can distinctly be explained as a return of his libido to the persons 

preferred in his infancy. 

 

*The After Effects of the Infantile Object Selection.*--Even those who 

have happily eluded the incestuous fixation of their libido have not 

completely escaped its influence. It is a distinct echo of this phase of 

development that the first serious love of the young man is often for a 

mature woman and that of the girl for an older man equipped with 

authority--_i.e._, for persons who can revive in them the picture of the 

mother and father. Generally speaking object selection unquestionably 

takes place by following more freely these prototypes. The man seeks 

above all the memory picture of his mother as it has dominated him since 


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