Three essays on the theory of sexuality
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Three essays on the theory of sexuality

By Sigmund Freud
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If the transference of the erogenous excitability from the clitoris to the vagina has succeeded, the woman has thus changed her leading zone for the future sexual activity; the man on the other hand retains his from childhood. The main determinants for the woman's preference for the 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. -from "The Transformations of Puberty" He was a pioneer in the study of human sexuality and the impact of sexual desire on human behavior, and this 1905 work is considered among his most important contributions to the field. This is the source of such concepts as penis envy, castration anxiety, and the Oedipus complex that we take for granted as fundamental to understanding human psychology. In the three essays here-"The Sexual Aberrations," "Infantile Sexuality," and "The Transformations of Puberty"-Freud sets out a theory of human sexuality that continues to influence us today. Austrian psychiatrist SIGMUND FREUD (1856-1939) developed psychoanalysis-dialogue between doctor and patient-as a tool for understanding and curing psychopathologies. While some of his ideas have been supplanted by subsequent research and refinement, his work continues to profoundly influence the sciences and the humanities alike.

Table of Contents
  • THREE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF SEX
    • SECOND EDITION SECOND REPRINTING
      • PROF. SIGMUND FREUD, LL.D.
      • A.A. BRILL, PH.B., M.D.
      • JAMES J. PUTNAM, M.D.
        • NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISEASE PUBLISHING CO.
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    • TABLE OF CONTENTS
    • INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION
    • AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION
    • AUTHOR'S PREFACE TO THE THIRD EDITION
    • I
    • THE SEXUAL ABERRATIONS[1]
      • 1. DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL OBJECT
        • A. Inversion
        • B. The Sexually Immature and Animals as Sexual Objects
      • 2. DEVIATION IN REFERENCE TO THE SEXUAL AIM
        • (a) Anatomical Transgression
        • (b) Fixation of Precursory Sexual Aims
      • 3. GENERAL STATEMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL PERVERSIONS
      • 4. THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN NEUROTICS
      • PARTIAL IMPULSES AND EROGENOUS ZONES
      • EXPLANATION OF THE MANIFEST PREPONDERANCE OF SEXUAL PERVERSIONS IN THE PSYCHONEUROSES
      • REFERENCE TO THE INFANTILISM OF SEXUALITY
    • II
    • THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY
      • THE SEXUAL LATENCY PERIOD OF CHILDHOOD AND ITS INTERRUPTIONS
      • THE MANIFESTATIONS OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY
      • THE SEXUAL AIM OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY
      • THE MASTURBATIC SEXUAL MANIFESTATIONS[13]
      • THE INFANTILE SEXUAL INVESTIGATION
      • THE SOURCES OF THE INFANTILE SEXUALITY
    • III
    • THE TRANSFORMATION OF PUBERTY
      • THE PRIMACY OF THE GENITAL ZONES AND THE FORE-PLEASURE
      • THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL EXCITEMENT
      • THE THEORY OF THE LIBIDO
      • DIFFERENTIATION BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN
      • THE OBJECT-FINDING
      • SUMMARY
    • INDEX
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