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Zavitzianos, G. (1971). Fetishism and Exhibitionism in the Female and their Relationship to Psychopathy and Kleptomania. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 52:297-305.

(1971). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 52:297-305

Fetishism and Exhibitionism in the Female and their Relationship to Psychopathy and Kleptomania

George Zavitzianos


This paper confirms previous observations that fetishism exists in women. It shows, moreover, that exhibitionism is also possible as a sexual perversion. It also suggests that kleptomania is derived from fetishism and that there is a close relation between perversion and some psythopathic personalities. In the case presented, kleptomania developed after the fetish became detached from its sexual function. This coincided with severe childhood anxieties which led to complete suppression of masturbation and

anhedonism. Kleptomania and the psychopathic behaviour in general were the result of acting out in the environment the perverse masturbation fantasies of the phallic phase.

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