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Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex

Sigmund Freud

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In this little book Freud discusses three areas of human sexuality: 1. Sexual pervisons or abberations. In this essay, Freud concludes that "a disposition to perversions is an original and universal disposition of the human sexual instinct and that...this postulated constitution, containing the germs of all the perversions, will only be demonstrable in children“. 2. His second essay on "The Infantile Sexuality", argues that children have sexual urges, from which adult sexuality only gradually emerges via psychosexual development. Looking at children, Freud identified many forms of infantile sexual emotions, including thumb sucking, autoeroticism, and sibling rivalry in childhood. 3.In his third essay, "The Transformations of Puberty" Freud formalized the distinction between the 'fore-pleasures' of infantile sexuality and the 'end-pleasure' of sexual intercourse. He also demonstrated how the adolescent years consolidate sexual identity under the dominance of the genitals puberty. Originally published in 1905, Freud added significant insights over the next three editions to increase the length to about double it's original size. This is the third and last edition published in 1920.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .d only from one source, and is accessible only by one definite path. There is only one way to obtain a thorough and unerring solution of problems in the sexual life of so-called psychoneurotics (hysteria, obsessions, the wrongly-named neurasthenia, and surely also dementia pr. . . Read More

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عندما يُسمع اسم "فرويد" فإن أول ما يتبادر إلى الأذهان هو نظريته الأشهر في الجنسية والطفولة، ويكون رد الفعل مصحوبًا بامتعاض، وربما تقزز، من الفكرة برمتها، واستنكار لكيف يُمكن أن يعتقد فرويد أن الطفل الرضيع (الغلبان) لديه مظاهر جنسية! وبعد أن قرأتُ الكتاب لم أستطع أن أكوّن رأيًا محددًا حول هذا المو...more

I suppose having an idea of how to think about Freud's work is necessary to begin to answer what one can/does/should think about it. And truth be told, I'm not sure how to think about Freud. I will say, though, that reading Freud is a lot more interesting than reading about Freud. Best to go righ...more

"Moreover, the kiss, one particular contact of this kind, between the mucous membrane of the lips of the two people concerned, is held in high sexual esteem among many nations (including the most highly civilized ones), in spite of the fact that the parts of the body involved do not form part of...more

I showed an excerpt of Freud's writing to my friend over lunch earlier this afternoon. The excerpt read like this:

Contact between the child and its carer is, for the child, an endlessly flowing source of sexual stimulation and satisfaction of erogenous zones, particularly since the carer—more gen...more

Wow.

Now that’s an evocative read.

They sure don’t make them like that anymore.

If you have read any of my other reviews, you may already know that I’m a reluctant and late convert to the psychoanalytic model.

And that is putting it politely.

I’m actually a recovering ultra-hater.

In retrospect, my...more

Is this the book that takes your innocence away, corrupts every fiber of your being and makes you think of anything but pure love when you see a mother breastfeeding her child?

Well, I need it for an article.

Oct 24, 18

3,5 *

چه کتابی، ریویوم تنها همین یک کلمهست:
SHOCKING

و برای تردید و باز کردن ذهنها خیلی لازمه.

We are not in a position to give so much as a hint as to the causes of these temporal disturbances of the process of development. A prospect opens before us at this point upon a whole phalanx of biological and perhaps, too, of historical problems of which we have not even come within striking dis...more

How do you rate something like the "Three Essays," which, though by no means enjoyable, signals one of the most significant paradigmatic shifts in thought in the past several centuries--? I gave the book an arbitrary 4 stars. Frankly, I'm no Freud expert; my experience with his work largely comes...more

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