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Mittelmann, B. (1955). Motor Patterns and Genital Behavior: Fetishism. Psychoanal. St. Child, 10:241-263.

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(1955). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 10:241-263

Motor Patterns and Genital Behavior: Fetishism

Bela Mittelmann, M.D.


1 Presented at the Midwinter Meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association, New York, December, 1953.

2 From the Department of Psychiatry of the New York University College of Medicine, and the Psychiatric Division of Bellevue Hospital.

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The following five aspects of skeletal motility may be distinguished during the early years of life: (1) "random" movements, i.e., not clearly purposive or expressive movements, which do not follow clear patterns; (2) affectomotor patterns, i.e., motor patterns accompanying emotional reactions such as joy, fear, and so forth; (3) well-organized, vigorous rhythmic patterns, e.g., rocking, bouncing; (4) skilled motor activities including control of posture, locomotion, and manipulation; and (5) motor phenomena that are indispensable elements in the function of another organ, of another striving (drive), e.g., sucking or biting as part of the oral activity.

In a previous presentation (Mittelmann, 1954), evidence was offered for (a) fusing some of these various elements to establish the concept of a motor urge (or drive), (b) a developmental scheme for the motor urge as a whole and for its various component elements, and (c) the concept of a period in development (starting with the second year of life) when motility is the dominant source of pleasure and form of mastery, expressed as

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