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urethral erotism


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In psychoanalysis, a mode of libidinal satisfaction through urinating, and focusing of libido in that region during the phallic stage. Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) linked it to masturbation in his case study of ‘Dora’ entitled ‘Fragment of an Analysis of a Case of Hysteria’ (1901/5, Standard Edition, VII, pp. 7–122, at p. 74), and (symbolically) with fire-setting or pyromania in an article on ‘The Acquisition and Control of Fire’ (1932, Standard Edition, 22, p. 185). The British-based Austrian psychoanalyst Melanie Klein (1882–1960), on page 186 of her book The Psycho-Analysis of Children (1932), stressed the aggressive, corrosive, and essentially sadistic fantasies associated with urination in both children and adults. Also called urethral eroticism or urinary erotism or eroticism. See also urethral character. Compare urophilia. urethral-erotic adj. [From Greek ourethra the urinary canal, from ourein to urinate]

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