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CONTENTS
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-4
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-5
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-6
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-7
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-8
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-9
ANALYSIS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-10
FOOTNOTES
LOVE AND PAIN-1.1
LOVE AND PAIN-1.2
LOVE AND PAIN-1.3
LOVE AND PAIN-1.4
LOVE AND PAIN-1.5
LOVE AND PAIN-1.6
LOVE AND PAIN-2.1
LOVE AND PAIN-2.2
LOVE AND PAIN-2.3
LOVE AND PAIN-2.4
LOVE AND PAIN-3.1
LOVE AND PAIN-3.2
LOVE AND PAIN-3.3
LOVE AND PAIN-3.4
LOVE AND PAIN-4
LOVE AND PAIN-5.1
LOVE AND PAIN-5.2
LOVE AND PAIN-6.1
LOVE AND PAIN-6.2
LOVE AND PAIN-7
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.4
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.5
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-1.6
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.1
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.2
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-2.3
THE SEXUAL IMPULSE IN WOMEN-3
APPENDIX A-1
APPENDIX A-2-3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3-4-5-6-7
APPENDIX B HISTORY-8-9-10
APPENDIX B HISTORY-11-12
APPENDIX B HISTORY-13
APPENDIX B HISTORY-14-15
APPENDIX B HISTORY-16
APPENDIX B HISTORY-17
APPENDIX B HISTORY-18
APPENDIX B HISTORY-19
INDEX OF AUTHORS

STUDIES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX, VOLUME III 

 

Analysis of the Sexual Impulse 

Love and Pain 

The Sexual Impulse in Women 

 

 

by 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS 

 

1927 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION. 

 

 

This volume has been thoroughly revised for the present edition and 

considerably enlarged throughout, in order to render it more accurate and 

more illustrative, while bringing it fairly up to date with reference to 

scientific investigation. Numerous histories have also been added to the 

Appendix. 

 

It has not been found necessary to modify the main doctrines set forth ten 

years ago. At the same time, however, it may be mentioned, as regards the 

first study in the volume, that our knowledge of the physiological 

mechanism of the sexual instinct has been revolutionized during recent 

years. This is due to the investigations that have been made, and the 

deductions that have been built up, concerning the part played by 

hormones, or internal secretions of the ductless glands, in the physical 

production of the sexual instinct and the secondary sexual characters. The 

conception of the psychology of the sexual impulse here set forth, while 

correlated to terms of a physical process of tumescence and detumescence, 

may be said to be independent of the ultimate physiological origins of 

that process. But we cannot fail to realize the bearing of physiological 

chemistry in this field; and the doctrine of internal secretions, since it 

may throw light on many complex problems presented by the sexual instinct, 

is full of interest for us. 

 

HAVELOCK ELLIS. 

 

June, 1913. 

 

 

 

 

PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION. 

 

 

The present volume of _Studies_ deals with some of the most essential 

problems of sexual psychology. The _Analysis of the Sexual Impulse_ is 

fundamental. Unless we comprehend the exact process which is being worked 

out beneath the shifting and multifold phenomena presented to us we can 

never hope to grasp in their true relations any of the normal or abnormal 

manifestations of this instinct. I do not claim that the conception of the 

process here stated is novel or original. Indeed, even since I began to 

work it out some years ago, various investigators in these fields, 

especially in Germany, have deprived it of any novelty it might otherwise 

have possessed, while at the same time aiding me in reaching a more 

precise statement. This is to me a cause of satisfaction. On so 

fundamental a matter I should have been sorry to find myself tending to a 

peculiar and individual standpoint. It is a source of gratification to me 

that the positions I have reached are those toward which current 

intelligent and scientific opinions are tending. Any originality in my 

study of this problem can only lie in the bringing together of elements 

from somewhat diverse fields. I shall be content if it is found that I 

have attained a fairly balanced, general, and judicial statement of these 

main factors in the sexual instinct. 

 

In the study of _Love and Pain_ I have discussed the sources of those 

aberrations which are commonly called, not altogether happily, "sadism" 

and "masochism." Here we are brought before the most extreme and perhaps 

the most widely known group of sexual perversions. I have considered them 

from the medico-legal standpoint, because that has already been done by 

other writers whose works are accessible. I have preferred to show how 

these aberrations may be explained; how they may be linked on to normal 

and fundamental aspects of the sexual impulse; and, indeed, in their 

elementary forms, may themselves be regarded as normal. In some degree 

they are present, in every case, at some point of sexual development; 

their threads are subtly woven in and out of the whole psychological 

process of sex. I have made no attempt to reduce their complexity to a 

simplicity that would be fallacious. I hope that my attempt to unravel 

these long and tangled threads will be found to make them fairly clear. 

 

In the third study, on _The Sexual Impulse in Women_, we approach a 


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