Primal scene  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The term "primal scene" in a Freudian psychoanalytic context refers to the sight of sexual act between the parents, as observed or fantasized by the child and interpreted by the child as a scene of violence. The term appeared for the first time in Freud's work apropos of the "Wolf Man" case (1918b [1914]).

Freud interpreted the Pegasus as an expression of the primal scene.

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