In this assignment you are being asked to address the following question: Freud’s view was that normal sexual behavior in adults could develop only if many aspects of the child’s...

In this assignment you are being asked to address the following question: Freud’s view was that normal sexual behavior in adults could develop only if many aspects of the child’s “polymorphously perverse” sexual predispositions were repressed. Use concrete examples. Be sure to define what “polymorphously perverse” means. Second, provide some alternative theoretical perspective on how else the development of healthy adult sexuality can be explained. Thanks.

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According to Sigmund Freud, normal sexual behavior could develop only by repression of child's polymophously perverse sexual predisposition. A child, up to the age of about five, has unrestrained tendencies and is focused on deriving pleasure from any part of the body. During the time the child exhibits polymorphous perversity, he or she derives pleasures from organs which are not socially acceptable for adults. The three stages here are oral, anal and phallic stages and include pleasure from breast sucking, bladder control, bowel movements and exploring genitals.

As per Freud's psychosexual development theory, this polymorphous perversity needs to be restrained so that the child grows into an adult with socially acceptable psychosexual behavior. The inability to restrain these urges leads to socially unacceptable sexual tendencies, including incestuous relationships. 

An alternate theory has been proposed in the Medical Sexological Model by Kholodny. According to this model, the psychosexual development includes sexual consciousness, gender role stereotypes and psychosexual orientation. The libido consists of conceptual, platonic, erotic and sexual components. 

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