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On the universal tendency to debasement in the sphere of love

Freud, Sigmund 1912d, 'On the universal tendency to debasement in the sphere of love', SE 11: 179-190, trs. from Über die allgemeinste Erniedrigung des Liebeslebens, GW 8: 78. Contributions to the Psychology of Love II.

The 'affectionate' and the 'sensual' libidinal currents.

Impotence caused by fixation of sensuality to unconscious incestuous fantasies. 182

Separation of object-choice into sacred and profane.

'… anyone who is to be really free and happy in love must have surmounted his respect for women and have come to terms with the idea of incest with his mother or sister.' 186

'… something in the nature of the sexual instinct itself is unfavourable to the realization of complete satisfaction.' 188-9.


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