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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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Whatever you think of psychoanalysis, you have to give it to Freud to both terrify and to fascinate. It was good to get back to reading him after all these years. The three essays gave much to think about, especially as it was my first time reading them rather than relying on secondary source materi

در خصوص استمنا به این موضوع اشاره می شود که: از نتایج زیان بار استمنا و خود ارضایی دید کوتاه مدت فرد و تشویق راحت طلبی و تنبلی و یک شبه ره صد ساله رفتن است.
شخص تلاشی برای به دست آوردن معشوق نمیکند و در کوتاهترین زمان ممکن به اوج لذت جنسی میرسد این فساد ذهنی حس تنبلی را در شخص ایجاد میکند و او برای

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 genera

If you can talk to a person about this book without being judged as a psychopath or reported to police, I think that's where the most profound and farthest form of trust a homo sapien can witness.


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 res

3,5 *

چه کتابی، ریویوم تنها همین یک کلمه‌ست:

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 distan

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