Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on the Libido Theory by Humberto Nagera

By Humberto Nagera

The libido idea is likely one of the significant parts of curiosity in psychoanalysis. Freud’s insights during this box were commonly utilized and utilized by psychoanalysts, grownup and baby psychiatrists, psychologists, educationalists, specialists on baby improvement and social workers.

They have thrown mild at the basic and irregular facets of sexual improvement from early life to maturity and at the position performed via sexual improvement in neurotic disturbances. additional they've got made attainable an figuring out of the advanced box of sexual perversions.

Originally released in 1969, during this quantity the reader will locate twenty-four easy psychoanalytic strategies about the libido concept together with oral erotism, anal erotism, phallic erotism, genital erotism, the Oedipus advanced of the lady, the Oedipus complicated of the boy, autoerotism, narcissism, masochism, sadism and bisexuality.

As within the different volumes during this sequence, the old improvement of every thought and references to Freud’s works are basically given in order that scholars and students can pursue any element of distinct interest.

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The predominance in it of sadism and the cloacal part played by the anal zone give it a quite peculiarly archaic colouring. ’1 In 1917 Freud interrupted a series of theoretical papers to publish a more clinical one on ‘The Transformation of Instincts with Special Reference to Anal Erotism’. 2 This 1917 paper is not the first discussion of these ideas which are already described in 1915 in the addition to the Three Essays. Some of the conclusions arise from the paper on the ‘Wolfman’ which was written shortly before, in which there is a considerable amount of material on this topic.

L. , Vol. 7, p. 205 n. 55 P H A L L IC E R O T I S M i. Definition. Phallic erotism refers in general to the libidinal impulses whose source is the erotogenic zone of the penis or clitoris. It comprises more specifically the sexual impulses char­ acteristic of the phallic stage of development when the penis or clitoris is the leading erotogenic zone, while the vagina has as yet little or no psychic significance for the child. e. in the stage of oral primacy. g. penetration, which the earlier phallic excitations may lack.

227, see also p. 237. , Vol. 22, p. 101. E. Vol. 73 P- 30. 2 Phrases such as ‘I could eat you up with love’ show oral-erotic fantasies in normal adult sex relations. Similarly, an adult playing pretend-games with a child at being wolf or dog may pretend to ‘gobble him up’. g. ‘an appetizing’ love-object, a ‘sweet’ person show the same. Symbolic representation in dreams are exemplified by sweet things and sweetmeat stand regularly for caresses or sexual gratification. , Vol. 7, p. 131 f. , p. 150.

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