infantile sexuality


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see psychoanalysispsychoanalysis,
name given by Sigmund Freud to a system of interpretation and therapeutic treatment of psychological disorders. Psychoanalysis began after Freud studied (1885–86) with the French neurologist J. M.
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infantile sexuality

[′in·fən‚tīl ‚sek·shə′wal·əd·ē]
(psychology)
An infant's or child's capacity for and enjoyment of activities and experiences that are essentially sexual.
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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.

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