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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

In a modern novel written in autobiographic form by a young 

Australian lady the heroine is represented as striking her 

betrothed with a whip when he merely attempts to kiss her. Later 

on her behavior so stings him that his self-control breaks down 

and he seizes her fiercely by the arms. For the first time she 

realizes that he loves her. "I laughed a joyous little laugh, 

saying 'Hal, we are quits'; when on disrobing for the night I 

discovered on my soft white shoulders and arms--so susceptible to 

bruises--many marks, and black. It had been a very happy day for 

me." (Miles Franklin, _My Brilliant Career_.) 

 

It is in large measure the existence of this feeling of 

attraction for violence which accounts for the love-letters 

received by men who are accused of crimes of violence. Thus in 

one instance, in Chicago (as Dr. Kiernan writes to me), "a man 

arrested for conspiracy to commit abortion, and also suspected of 

being a sadist, received many proposals of marriage and other 

less modest expressions of affection from unknown women. To judge 

by the signatures, these women belonged to the Germans and Slavs 

rather than to the Anglo-Celts." 

 

Neuropathic or degenerative conditions sometimes serve to 

accentuate or reveal ancestral traits that are very ancient in 

the race. Under such conditions the tendency to find pleasure in 

subjection and pain, which is often faintly traceable even in 

normal civilized women, may become more pronounced. This may be 

seen in a case described in some detail in the _Archivio di 

Psichiatria_. The subject was a young lady of 19, of noble 

Italian birth, but born in Tunis. On the maternal side there is a 

somewhat neurotic heredity, and she is herself subject to attacks 

of hystero-epileptoid character. She was very carefully, but 

strictly, educated; she knows several languages, possesses marked 

intellectual aptitudes, and is greatly interested in social and 

political questions, in which she takes the socialistic and 

revolutionary side. She has an attractive and sympathetic 

personality; in complexion she is dark, with dark eyes and very 

dark and abundant hair; the fine down on the upper lip and lower 

parts of the cheeks is also much developed; the jaw is large, the 

head acrocephalic, and the external genital organs of normal 

size, but rather asymmetric. Ever since she was a child she has 

loved to work and dream in solitude. Her dreams have always been 

of love, since menstruation began as early as the age of 10, and 

accompanied by strong sexual feelings, though at that age these 

feelings remained vague and indefinite; but in them the desire 

for pleasure was always accompanied by the desire for pain, the 

desire to bite and destroy something, and, as it were, to 

annihilate herself. She experienced great relief after periods of 

"erotic rumination," and if this rumination took place at night 

she would sometimes masturbate, the contact of the bedclothes, 

she said, giving her the illusion of a man. In time this vague 

longing for the male gave place to more definite desires for a 

man who would love her, and, as she imagined, strike her. 

Eventually she formed secret relationships with two or three 

lovers in succession, each of these relationships being, however, 

discovered by her family and leading to ineffectual attempts at 

suicide. But the association of pain with love, which had 

developed spontaneously in her solitary dreams, continued in her 

actual relations with her lovers. During coitus she would bite 

and squeeze her arms until the nails penetrated the flesh. When 

her lover asked her why at the moment of coitus she would 

vigorously repel him, she replied: "Because I want to be 

possessed by force, to be hurt, suffocated, to be thrown down in 


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