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Book Title: Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex|
The author of the book: Sigmund Freud
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9780486416038
The size of the: 643 KB
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: March 22nd 2001
Read full description of the books Three Contributions to the Theory of Sex: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 generally the mother—bestows upon the child feelings derived from her sexual life, stroking, kissing and rocking the child, and quite clearly taking it as substitute for fully valid sexual object.
My friend gasped and immediately shook her head in denial, 'No, no, no, no...' Well, read more and you will soon realise that everything that you've believed in, since you were a wee kid, is not what you think it is anymore. Every time you look at mothers breastfeeding her baby you will think of everything but motherly or pure love. Suddenly you're not that naive and innocent person you know anymore. That's why I believe reading Freud when you are younger than 21 will cause distress and great hazard for your mental and physical health (yes, worse than cigarettes). Therefore if I were the president of the country, I'd place Freud works in a special, locked cabinet and label it something like READING FREUD SERIOUSLY HARMS YOU AND OTHERS AROUND YOU. To buy one one would need to show his I.D. at his own peril.
Ask my friends, whom I called at 2 in the morning on daily basis, how neurotic I was in the month of March. I couldn't stop thinking about stuff like, Where do children come from? What differentiate a male and a female? Is there such thing called pure love? Is all love sexual? Well, fuck you Freud, you think too much; give it a rest. But then he would say something like this, Above all, the small child is without shame, and at certain periods in its early years shows an unambiguous pleasure in revealing its body, particularly emphasizing the sexual parts. The complement to this tendency, the curiosity to see other people's genitals, probably only becomes apparent rather later in childhood, when the obstacle of the feeling of shame has already become fairly well developed. That's it, I'm not sleeping.
People think Freud only thinks about sex. In my opinion, yes, he does. But that doesn't mean it's wrong. To think of it, many of his writings are true in nature. Even I feel it. But it's so upsetting that he has to mix things up, like parental love and sexual love. I mean, there are reasons not to mix them up for God's sake! One of them would be moral issues. But this guy just comes in full-steam, blasts the separator wall, and there you go: everything is sexual in nature. We are just sex slaves, sex animals. Once you learn it, it would be very hard to unlearn it (this is a word of warning), and I imagine many people would upset themselves to read things that would keep them awake at night, and think less of society. WHY? What for? WHAT FOR? THAT MAKES THE BOOK! OK I'll stop complaining now.
Save yourself, don't read this. But if I say that, you'd want to read it. So, yeah, go ahead and read it. It's knowledge anyway; very tempting, just like the Apple of Eden, that once you've had it, usually you'd be in the point of no return—you'd fall. But look at the bright side—at least you know the truth. It's unsettling and disturbing, but that's what usually the truth is.
Read information about the authorFreud was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of psychoanalysis, who created an entirely new approach to the understanding of the human personality. He is regarded as one of the most influential - and controversial - minds of the 20th century.
Sigismund (later changed to Sigmund) Freud was born on 6 May 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia (now Pribor in the Czech Republic). His father was a merchant. The family moved to Leipzig and then settled in Vienna, where Freud was educated. Freud's family were Jewish but he was himself non-practising.
In 1873, Freud began to study medicine at the University of Vienna. After graduating, he worked at the Vienna General Hospital. He collaborated with Josef Breuer in treating hysteria by the recall of painful experiences under hypnosis. In 1885, Freud went to Paris as a student of the neurologist Jean Charcot. On his return to Vienna the following year, Freud set up in private practice, specialising in nervous and brain disorders. The same year he married Martha Bernays, with whom he had six children.
Freud developed the theory that humans have an unconscious in which sexual and aggressive impulses are in perpetual conflict for supremacy with the defences against them. In 1897, he began an intensive analysis of himself. In 1900, his major work 'The Interpretation of Dreams' was published in which Freud analysed dreams in terms of unconscious desires and experiences.
In 1902, Freud was appointed Professor of Neuropathology at the University of Vienna, a post he held until 1938. Although the medical establishment disagreed with many of his theories, a group of pupils and followers began to gather around Freud. In 1910, the International Psychoanalytic Association was founded with Carl Jung, a close associate of Freud's, as the president. Jung later broke with Freud and developed his own theories.
After World War One, Freud spent less time in clinical observation and concentrated on the application of his theories to history, art, literature and anthropology. In 1923, he published 'The Ego and the Id', which suggested a new structural model of the mind, divided into the 'id, the 'ego' and the 'superego'.
In 1933, the Nazis publicly burnt a number of Freud's books. In 1938, shortly after the Nazis annexed Austria, Freud left Vienna for London with his wife and daughter Anna.
Freud had been diagnosed with cancer of the jaw in 1923, and underwent more than 30 operations. He died of cancer on 23 September 1939.
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