By Haute, Philippe van; Freud, Sigmund; Geyskens, Tomas; Lacan, Jacques
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27 The introduction of the erotogenic zones does not contradict this view but complements it. The lips and mouth are an erotogenic zone, used during infancy to gain pleasure through, for instance, thumb-sucking. This source of desire is later ‘repressed’, which implies that the oral desire keeps pressing through but now produces displeasure instead of pleasure. In this regard, Freud writes the following in Three Essays: “It is not every child who sucks in this way. It may be assumed that those children do so in whom there is a constitutional intensification of the erotogenic significance of the labial region.
The disgust Dora experiences leads Freud to the discovery of the erotogenic zones, and to their tendency to transmit their susceptibility to stimulation to other erotogenic zones (Freud 1905b, 183). These erotogenic zones are the privileged places for (childhood) experiences of sexual pleasure and its repression, as in Dora’s case. Disgust is the symptom of this repression. Freud further writes that the hysterical patient feels disgust for sexuality and sexual excitement because “the early Christian Father’s ‘inter urinas et faeces nascimur’ […] cannot be detached from it in spite of every effort at idealization” (Freud 1905a, 31).
The question regarding their origin has, of course, not been answered at this point. Freud links Dora’s pathological condition to infantile masturbation. He also wonders why Dora abandonned masturbation. He writes that he has good reason to suppose that as a child she overheard her parents having intercourse: “The sympathetic excitement which may be supposed to have occurred in Dora on such an occasion may very easily have made the child’s sexuality veer round and have replaced her inclination to masturbation by an inclination to anxiety” (Freud 1905a, 80).
A non-oedipal psychoanalysis? : a clinical anthropology of hysteria in the work of Freud and Lacan by Haute, Philippe van; Freud, Sigmund; Geyskens, Tomas; Lacan, Jacques