Freud - Development of the Libido and Sexual Organizations.docx

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University of Toronto St. George
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Scott Rayter

- Even kisses can be claimed as perverse, since they substitute other erogenous zones for the genitals - Anything is perverse if it is accompanied by emission or orgasm without the genitals being involved, so kisses can be perverse - Perversion is characterized by the exclusiveness of the substitution for the genitals; this substitution is the primary form of sexual pleasure and the goal of reproduction is pushed aside - When the perverse activities prepare for or heighten the normal sex act, they can no longer be classified as perversions - Perverse sexuality is directed toward one isolated goal - The instincts which preside over perverse sexuality are different than the instincts that preside over normal sexuality - Infantile sexuality has no centralization or organization; its individual impulses are of equal power - In some perversions, even the process of erection can be transferred to other parts of the body - Children between the ages of three and eight already have affection for one of the two sexes and jealousy related to this affection - Although they have learned to hide these things, there is evidence that this affection is sexual - From the sixth or eighth year, there is sometimes a pause in or reversion of sexual development, called the latent period, but not always - The primacy of the genitals is prepared prior to the latent period and is continuously organized from puberty on - There is a period of loose organization in this early period, called pre-genital - At the beginning, the genital instincts aren’t prominent; the sadistic and anal instincts are primary - The idea of masculine and feminine is irrelevant at this age - Instead, there is a contrast between active and passive - Curiosity and the instinct to watch are powerful at this time - The genital takes part in sexual life only as an excretory organ for the bladder - After the sadistic-anal phase, the erogenous mouth-zone plays the chief role - Sexual life goes through a series of dissimilar successive phases - The turning point of this development is the subordination of all sexual instincts to the primacy of the genitals - Originally the sex life is diffuses where each organ has independent activities and goals - Some components of the sex instincts have an object
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