He stressed that one must distinguish between types of perversion, according to whether the sexual anomaly is related to the object as with homosexuality or zoophilia or to the aim, that is, to the activities that lead to sexual gratification.
In its final version, the "Three Essays" also included the concepts of penis envycastration anxietyand the Oedipus complex.
Freud pointed to the lack of knowledge on this subject while noting, at the same time, that it would be sufficient to carefully observe young children without hastening to declare sexual manifestations as abnormal.
Source Citation Freud, Sigmund. Soon thereafter, in "Further Remarks on the Neuro-Psychoses of Defence" bhe tried a kind of compromise, suggesting that pathogenic trauma acts in two stages, that "it is not the experiences themselves which act traumatically but their revival as a memory after the subject has entered on sexual maturity" p.
Whereas neurotics repress the desire for instinctual gratification, the anomaly of perversion in adults resides in the fact that their sexual practices are permanently and predominantly based on satisfying component instincts.
Inhe added a note to the emendation itself in which he mentioned that he had advanced that same year e the idea of an intermediary stage, called infantile genital organization.
He writes that the infant seems to be saying, "'It's a pity I can't kiss myself'" p. The development of self is no longer rooted in the assumption of a sexual identity; instead the imposition of sexual categories on the infant mind becomes a source of neurosis and itself a problem to overcome.
If infantile sexuality were universal, however, does the trauma theory collapse? In its stead is an autoerotic theory of sexual development, a sexuality transcending binary categorization.
Kistner's translation is at the time of its publishing the only English translation available of the earlier edition of the Essays. The new edition of Three Essays presents us with the fascinating possibility that Freud suppressed his first and best thoughts on this topic, and that only today can they be recognized and understood at a time when societies have begun the serious work of reconceptualizing sexual identities.
He stated, in effect, that sucking activity observed in the infant should be considered as the prototype for all future sexual gratification. But if the very activity that seeks to decrease tension is perceived as a pleasure, how then to understand the search for sexual excitement, which commonly characterizes every sexual act including foreplay before culminating in orgasm and relaxation?