4) Since the theory of the erotogenic zones was the cornerstone of Freud's account of infantile sexuality
, one must assume that Lawrence was well acquainted with what Laplanche and Pontalis call this "fundamental datum of psycho-analytic experience" (155).
On the other hand, they seemed convinced by the now debunked theory of infantile sexuality
Freud's theory of infantile sexuality
is perhaps a way to explain the rather unusual relationship among her, Sethe, and Paul D.
These letters constitute one of the earliest expressions of Freud's theory of infantile sexuality
, which was to become the essence of his theory of human behavior.
To most individuals the word psychoanalysis conjures up images of Sigmund Freud, the couch, infantile sexuality
, Freudian slips, the tripartite structure of personality, dream analysis, transference, and toilet training.
In a standard child psychology text published in 1931 Anna Freud stated: "The normality of the entire later life of the child, its ability to love and procreate" are "dependent on the fate of the infantile sexuality
," a claim that would become an orthodoxy within much of the psychological establishment.