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You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this e Book or online at Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex Author: Sigmund Freud Release Date: February 8, 2005 [EBook #14969] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THEORY OF SEX *** Produced by Audrey Longhurst, Joel Schlosberg and the PG Online Distributed Proofreading Team. 7 THREE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF SEX _SECOND EDITION_ _SECOND REPRINTING_ BY PROF. The paths of these connections can not always be definitely demonstrated.
The significance of early sexual impressions will be met again in other places.
The persistent influence of a sexual impress mostly received in early childhood often shows itself in the selection of a fetich, as Binet first asserted, and as was later proven by many illustrations,--a thing which may be placed parallel to the proverbial attachment to a first love in the normal ("On revient toujours a ses premiers amours").
These are the general determinations for the transition of mere variations of the sexual impulse into pathological aberrations.
CLINICAL ASSISTANT, DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGY, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY; ASSISTANT IN MENTAL DISEASES, BELLEVUE HOSPITAL; ASSISTANT VISITING PHYSICIAN, HOSPITAL FOR NERVOUS DISEASES WITH INTRODUCTION BY JAMES J. The case becomes pathological only when the striving for the fetich fixes itself beyond such determinations and takes the place of the normal sexual aim; or again, when the fetich disengages itself from the person concerned and itself becomes a sexual object.
"Get me a handkerchief from her bosom--a garter of my love." --FAUST.
The sexual object is therein defined as a desired object, and the sexual aim as what acts are desired with said object.
Discussing the choice of children and animals as sex objects — pedophilia and bestiality — he notes that most people would prefer to limit these perversions to the insane "on aesthetic grounds" but that they exist in normal people also.
He also explores deviations of sexual aims, as in the tendency to linger over preparatory sexual aspects such as looking and touching.
Freud also makes the point that people who are behaviorally abnormal are always sexually abnormal in his experience but that many people who are normal behaviorally otherwise are sexually abnormal also.
Freud concluded that "a disposition to perversions is an original and universal disposition of the human sexual instinct and that..postulated constitution, containing the germs of all the perversions, will only be demonstrable in children“.
Freud sought to link to his theory of the unconscious put forward in The Interpretation of Dreams (1899) and his work on hysteria by positing sexuality as the driving force of both neuroses (through repression) and perversion.
In its final version, the "Three Essays" also included the concepts of penis envy, castration anxiety, and the Oedipus complex.