Thalassa: A Theory of Genitality

1st Edition

Sandor Ferenczi

Routledge
Published December 31, 1989
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ISBN 9780946439614 - CAT# K377923

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Summary

This book expands the symbols of the phallus and vagina into cosmic symbols, not by reference to myths but by his interpretations of embryonic, physiological, psychological facts. It develops the view that the whole of life is determined by a tendency to return to the womb, equating the process of birth with the phylogenetic transition of animal life from water to land, and linking coitus to the idea of "thalassal regression": "the longing for the sea-life from which man emerged to primeval times".

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