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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

to the rhythm of the metronome without watching it.[45] This psychological 

fact has been independently discovered by advertisers, who seek to impress 

the value of their wares on the public by the device of announcing them by 

moving colored lights. The pleasure given by the ballet largely depends on 

the same fact. Not only is dancing an excitation, but the spectacle of 

dancing is itself exciting, and even among savages dances have a public 

which becomes almost as passionately excited as the dancers 

themselves.[46] It is in virtue of this effect of dancing and similar 

movements that we so frequently find, both among the lower animals and 

savage man, that to obtain tumescence in both sexes, it is sufficient for 

one sex alone, usually the male, to take the active part. This point 

attracted the attention of Kulischer many years ago, and he showed how the 

dances of the men, among savages, excite the women, who watch them 

intently though unobtrusively, and are thus influenced in choosing their 

lovers. He was probably the first to insist that in man sexual selection 

has taken place mainly through the agency of dances, games, and 

festivals.[47] 

 

It is now clear, therefore, why the evacuation theory of the sexual 

impulse must necessarily be partial and inadequate. It leaves out of 

account the whole of the phenomena connected with tumescence, and those 

phenomena constitute the most prolonged, the most important, the most 

significant stage of the sexual process. It is during tumescence that the 

whole psychology of the sexual impulse is built up; it is as an incident 

arising during tumescence and influencing its course that we must probably 

regard nearly every sexual aberration. It is with the second stage of the 

sexual process, when the instinct of detumescence arises, that the analogy 

of evacuation can alone be called in. Even here, that analogy, though 

real, is not complete, the nervous element involved in detumescence being 

out of all proportion to the extent of the evacuation. The typical act of 

evacuation, however, is a nervous process, and when we bear this in mind 

we may see whatever truth the evacuation theory possesses. Beaunis classes 

the sexual impulse with the "needs of activity," but under this head he 

coordinates it with the "need of urination." That is to say, that both 

alike are nervous explosions. Micturition, like detumescence, is a 

convulsive act, and, like detumescence also, it is certainly connected 

with cerebral processes; thus in epilepsy the passage of urine which may 

occur (as in a girl described by Gowers with minor attacks during which it 

was emitted consciously, but involuntarily) is really a part of the 

process.[48] 

 

There appears, indeed, to be a special and intimate connection between the 

explosion of sexual detumescence and the explosive energy of the bladder; 

so that they may reinforce each other and to a limited extent act 

vicariously in relieving each other's tension. It is noteworthy that 

nocturnal and diurnal incontinence of urine, as well as "stammering" of 

the bladder, are all specially liable to begin or to cease at puberty. In 

men and even infants, distention of the bladder favors tumescence by 

producing venous congestion, though at the same time it acts as a physical 

hindrance to sexual detumescence[49]; in women--probably not from pressure 

alone, but from reflex nervous action--a full bladder increases both 

sexual excitement and pleasure, and I have been informed by several women 

that they have independently discovered this fact for themselves and 

acted in accordance with it. Conversely, sexual excitement increases the 

explosive force of the bladder, the desire to urinate is aroused, and in 

women the sexual orgasm, when very acute and occurring with a full 

bladder, is occasionally accompanied, alike in savage and civilized life, 

by an involuntary and sometimes full and forcible expulsion of urine.[50] 


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