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Character and anal erotism

Freud, Sigmund 1908b, 'Character and anal erotism', SE 9: 169-75.

The people I am about to describe are noteworthy for a regular combination of the three following characteristics. They are especially orderly, parsimonious and obstinate. 169

… in my Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality in 1905. I there attempted to show that the sexual instinct of man is highly complex and is put together from contributions made by numerous constituents and component instincts. Important contributions to "sexual excitation" are furnished by the peripheral excitations of certain specially designated parts of the body (the genitals, mouth, anus, urethra), which therefore deserve to be described as "erotogenic zones". 170-1

An invitation to a caress of the anal zone is still used today, as it was in ancient times, to express defiance or defiant ascorn, and thus in reality signifies an act of tenderness that has been overtaken by repression. 173

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