erotogenic zone

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In psychoanalysis, another name for an erogenous zone, specifically the oral, anal, and genital areas of the body. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) first outlined his ideas about erotogenic zones in 1896 and 1897 in letters to his friend, the German physician Wilhelm Fliess (1858–1928), and then published his theory in 1905 in his book Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality (Standard Edition, VII, pp. 130–243, at pp. 183–4). By 1938, when he published An Outline of Psycho-Analysis, he had decided that ‘in fact the whole body is an erotogenic zone’ (Standard Edition, XXIII, pp. 144–207, at p. 151). Also called a primary zone. See also anal erotism, instinctual source, libidinal stage, oral erotism, phallic erotism, urethral erotism. Compare hysterogenic zone. [From Greek eros love or sexual desire + genes born + -ikos of, relating to, or resembling]

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