Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on the Libido Theory by Humberto Nagera

By Humberto Nagera

The libido conception is without doubt one of the significant components of curiosity in psychoanalysis. Freud’s insights during this box were largely utilized and utilized by psychoanalysts, grownup and baby psychiatrists, psychologists, educationalists, specialists on baby improvement and social workers.

They have thrown mild at the common and irregular features of sexual improvement from early life to maturity and at the function performed via sexual improvement in neurotic disturbances. additional they've got made attainable an figuring out of the complicated box of sexual perversions.

Originally released in 1969, during this quantity the reader will locate twenty-four uncomplicated psychoanalytic thoughts about the libido idea together with oral erotism, anal erotism, phallic erotism, genital erotism, the Oedipus complicated of the lady, the Oedipus advanced of the boy, autoerotism, narcissism, masochism, sadism and bisexuality.

As within the different volumes during this sequence, the old improvement of every notion and references to Freud’s works are essentially given in order that scholars and students can pursue any point of designated interest.

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5 These uses of term are quoted in extenso to justify the meaning given above to the term ‘erotism’. , Vol. 9, p. 133 f. , Vol. 9, p. 175. , Vol. 9, pp. 220-26. , Vol. 7, p. 233. , p. 239. 37 T H E L I B I D O T HE O R Y of insight gathered before then in regard to the characteristics of the erotogenic zones, the component sexual instincts and the phases of sexual development. The widening of the concept to cover a variety of instinct de­ rivatives is due to the evidence of plasticity of erotogenic zones (see this Concept) and their aptitude to substitute for each other in regard to gratification or excitation,1 also to the fact that many other zones and organs of the body and functions can, via affective or thought processes of considerable drive cathexis become ‘the seat of new (sexual) sensations and of changes of innervation’, which accounts for a great variety of neurotic symptoms.

One of the clearest signs of subsequent eccentricity or nervousness is to be seen when a baby obstinately refuses to empty his bowels when he is put on the pot— that is, when his nurse wants him to— and holds back that function till he himself chooses to exercise it. 3 Vol. 8, p. i. , Vol. j , p. 169. 46 ANAL E R O T I S M defecating. 2 In the paper on ‘Little Hans’, the role of the child’s fantasy and his identification with the mother are made very vivid, as is the pleasurable nature of the anal processes: ‘ .

Vol. 9, p. 45 f. , Vol. 22, p. 104 f. , Vol. 7, p. 169. , Vol. 20, p. 88. See also (i95od), p. 205 f. , Vol. 7, p. 278. 1 The term ‘eroticism’ (or erotism) is used in reference to the excitations and gratifications connected with drive activity and experienced originally at certain erotogenic zones (see this Concept). It is used by Freud, and subsequently by other authors, usually coupled with an adjective denoting the specific zone referred to, viz. oral eroticism, anal eroticism, etc. These terms have acquired a wider connotation with the growth of clinical knowledge and psychological conceptualization in so far as they are also used to designate all kinds of derivatives, vicissitudes, developments arising from these originally zone-tied experiences (excitations, impulses, gratifications, activities) and the quantities of psychosexual energy involved; they refer as well to the respective phases of sexual organization dominated respectively by a ‘leading zone’ in childhood and to the respective component sexual instincts.

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