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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

 

*Sublimation.*--The third issue in abnormal constitutional dispositions 

is made possible by the process of "sublimation," through which the 

powerful excitations from individual sources of sexuality are discharged 

and utilized in other spheres, so that a considerable increase of 

psychic capacity results from an, in itself dangerous, predisposition. 

This forms one the sources of artistic activity, and, according as such 

sublimation is complete or incomplete, the analysis of the character of 

highly gifted, especially of artistically disposed persons, will show 

any proportionate, blending between productive ability, perversion, and 

neurosis. A sub-species of sublimation is the suppression through 

_reaction-formation_, which, as we have found, begins even in the 

latency period of infancy, only to continue throughout life in 

favorable cases. What we call the _character_ of a person is built up to 

a great extent from the material of sexual excitations; it is composed 

of impulses fixed since infancy and won through sublimation, and of such 

constructions as are destined to suppress effectually those perverse 

feelings which are recognized as useless. The general perverse sexual 

disposition of childhood can therefore be esteemed as a source of a 

number of our virtues, insofar as it incites their creation through the 

formation of reactions.[14] 

 

*Accidental Experiences.*--All other influences lose in significance 

when compared with the sexual discharges, shifts of repressions, and 

sublimations; the inner determinations for the last two processes are 

totally unknown to us. He who includes repressions and sublimations 

among constitutional predispositions, and considers them as the living 

manifestations of the same, has surely the right to maintain that the 

final structure of the sexual life is above all the result of the 

congenital constitution. No intelligent person, however, will dispute 

that in such a cooeperation of factors there is also room for the 

modifying influences of occasional factors derived from experience in 

childhood and later on. 

 

It is not easy to estimate the effectiveness of the constitutional and 

of the occasional factors in their relation to each other. Theory is 

always inclined to overestimate the first while therapeutic practice 

renders prominent the significance of the latter. By no means should it 

be forgotten that between the two there exists a relation of cooeperation 

and not of exclusion. The constitutional factor must wait for 

experiences which bring it to the surface, while the occasional needs 

the support of the constitutional factor in order to become effective. 


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