Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on the Libido Theory by Humberto Nagera

By Humberto Nagera

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

They have thrown gentle at the basic and irregular points of sexual improvement from adolescence to maturity and at the function performed by means of sexual improvement in neurotic disturbances. extra they've got made attainable an knowing of the complicated box of sexual perversions.

Originally released in 1969, during this quantity the reader will locate twenty-four easy psychoanalytic strategies in regards to the libido conception together with oral erotism, anal erotism, phallic erotism, genital erotism, the Oedipus advanced of the lady, the Oedipus advanced of the boy, autoerotism, narcissism, masochism, sadism and bisexuality.

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

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We have learnt, then, that after a person’s own faeces, his ex­ crement, has lost its value for him, this instinctual interest derived from the anal source passes over on to objects that can be presented as gifts. And this is rightly so, for faeces were the first gift that an infant could make, something he could part with out of love for whoever was looking after him. After this, corresponding exactly to analogous change of meaning that occur in linguistic develop­ ment, this ancient interest in faeces is transformed into the high valuation of gold and money but also makes a contribution to the affective cathexis of baby and penis.

J , p. 186. , Vol. 17, p. 84. 51 T H E L I B I D O T HE OR Y substance to the new one which he comes across as the most valuable gift in life . n The passage goes on to describe how the wish for the baby emerges from this as does the equation of faeces with penis— this is later described as follows: ‘We have been able to study transformations of instinct and similar processes particularly in anal erotism, the excitations arising from the sources of the erotogenic anal zone, and we were surprised at the multiplicity of uses to which these instinctual impulses are put.

So far as the auto-erotic and masturbatory manifestations of sexuality are concerned, we might lay it down that the sexuality of little girls is of a wholly masculine character . . it would even be possible to maintain that libido is invariably and necessarily of a masculine nature... ’3 ‘The leading erotogenic zone in female children is located at the clitoris, and is thus homologous to the masculine genital zone of the glans penis .. ’ ‘Puberty . .

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