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PREFACE
TOUCH-1
TOUCH-2
TOUCH-3 (begin)
TOUCH-3 (end)
TOUCH-4 (begin)
TOUCH-4 (end)
SMELL-1
SMELL-2
SMELL-3.1
SMELL-3.2
SMELL-3.3
SMELL-3.4
SMELL-3.5
SMELL-4 (begin)
SMELL-4 (end)
SMELL-5
HEARING-1
HEARING-2
HEARING-3
VISION-1.1
VISION-1.2
VISION-1.3
VISION-2.1
VISION-2.2
VISION-2.3
VISION-2.4
VISION-3
VISION-4
VISION-5
APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

by sexual pleasure in the mother, but that, in some cases, the 

infant also appears to have a somewhat similar experience. This 

is, at all events, indicated in a remarkable case recorded by 

Fere (_L'Instinct Sexuel_, second edition, p. 257). A female 

infant child of slightly neurotic heredity was weaned at the age 

of 14 months, but so great was her affection for her mother's 

breasts, though she had already become accustomed to other food, 

that this was only accomplished with great difficulty and by 

allowing her still to caress the naked breasts several times a 

day. This went on for many months, when the mother, becoming 

again pregnant, insisted on putting an end to it. So jealous was 

the child, however, that it was necessary to conceal from her the 

fact that her younger sister was suckled at her mother's breasts, 

and once at the age of 3, when she saw her father aiding her 

mother to undress, she became violently jealous of him. This 

jealousy, as well as the passion for her mother's breasts, 

persisted to the age of puberty, though she learned to conceal 

it. At the age of 13, when menstruation began, she noticed in 

dancing with her favorite girl friends that when her breasts came 

in contact with theirs she experienced a very agreeable 

sensation, with erection of the nipples; but it was not till the 

age of 16 that she observed that the sexual region took part in 

this excitement and became moist. From this period she had erotic 

dreams about young girls. She never experienced any attraction 

for young men, but eventually married; though having much esteem 

and affection for her husband, she never felt any but the 

slightest sexual enjoyment in his arms, and then only by evoking 

feminine images. This case, in which the sensations of an infant 

at the breast formed the point of departure of a sexual 

perversion which lasted through life, is, so far as I am aware, 

unique. 

 

 

FOOTNOTES: 

 

[17] Jonas Cohn (_Allgemeine AEsthetik_, 1901, p. 11) lays it down that 

psychology has nothing to do with good or bad taste. "The distinction 

between good and bad taste has no meaning for psychology. On this account, 

the fundamental conceptions of aesthetics cannot arise from psychology." It 

may be a question whether this view can be accepted quite absolutely. 

 

[18] See Appendix A: "The Origins of the Kiss." 

 

[19] See J.B. Hellier, "On the Nipple Reflex," _British Medical Journal_, 

November 7, 1896. 

 

[20] Fere, _L'Instinct Sexuel_, second edition, p. 147. 


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