The First Pregenital Stage of the Libido : 1916 : Karl Abraham

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1916

In German

Untersuchungen iiber die früheste praägenitale Entwicklungsstufe der Libido. I..Z., Jahrg. iv. Heft 2, S. 71-97. 1916.

In English

Translated to English by Douglas Bryan & Alix Strachey

Published in Selected Papers, London 1927: New York, 1953, Ch XII, p248 to 279

Available at   /authors a-z or authors by date

Reference by Karl Abraham to Sigmund Freud

P248 : his Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie^ which first appeared in 1905,

Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality : 1905d : Sigmund Freud,  Published at see here

P253 : The Predisposition to Obsessional Neurosis  (1913)

‘The Disposition to Obsessional Neurosis’ : 1913i : Sigmund Freud

P269 : Freud has dealt with this process more especially in the case of the eye in

his on paper  Psychogenic Visual Disturbance according Psycho-Analytical Conceptions (1910).

The Psycho-Analytic View of Psychogenic Disturbance of Vision : 1910 : Sigmund Freud : Available at Richard G. Klein’s web-site : See here

P276 I refer the reader to Freud’s discussion of the psychogenesis of         hypochondria. According to him this affection is based on a regression to narcissism; in other words, to one of the early stages of the libido. (Cf. Freud, ‘ On Narcissism: an Introduction’ (1914).

On narcissism, an introduction :1914 : Sigmund Freud : Available at Richard G. Klein’s web-site  : See  here

This text referred to by Sigmund Freud

In Some psychical consequences of the anatomical distinction between the sexes : 1925 : Sigmund Freud : SE XIX p241-258.

In the last sentence of this paper, Sigmund Freud quotes:

– Untersuchungen iiber die früheste praägenitale Entwicklungsstufe der Libido. I..Z., Jahrg. iv. Heft 2, S. 71-97, 1916.

Translated as The first pregenital stage of the libido : 1916 : Karl Abraham : Selected papers, London 1927: New York, 1953, Ch XII : See

– On the genesis of the castration complex in women : September 1922 (Berlin)  : Karen Horney : International Journal of Psycho-Analysis Vol 5, 1924, p50

See On the Genesis of the Castration Complex in Women : September 1922 (Berlin) : Karen Horney  or  here

– Psychoanalyse de weiblichen Sexualfunktionen : Vienna : 1925 : Helene Deutsch

The Psychoanalysis of Women’s Sexual Function : 1925 – this appears to be a book.

As referred to by Jacques Lacan

Probably Paragraph 7  of Seminar IV : 9thJanuary 1957 : See Seminar IV : The Object Relation & Freudian Structures 1956-1957 : begins 21st November 1956 : Jacques Lacan or  here

Para 7 : whether this is a result of the libido – let us make this term synonymous with all erotogenic experience :


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