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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

impulse to close and complete contact with a companion, with a secondary 

more or less clearly defined thought of conquest." Groos (_Spiele der 

Menschen_, 1899, p. 232) also thinks there is more or less truth in this 

suggestion of a subconscious sexual element in the playful wrestling 

combats of boys. Freud considers (_Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie_, 

p. 49) that the tendency to sexual excitement through muscular activity in 

wrestling, etc., is one of the roots of sadism. I have been told of normal 

men who feel a conscious pleasure of this kind when lifted in games, as 

may happen, for instance, in football. It may be added that in some parts 

of the world the suitor has to throw the girl in a wrestling-bout in order 

to secure her hand. 

 

[66] A minor manifestation of this tendency, appearing even in quite 

normal and well-conditioned individuals, is the impulse among boys at and 

after puberty to take pleasure in persecuting and hurting lower animals or 

their own young companions. Some youths display a diabolical enjoyment and 

ingenuity in torturing sensitive juniors, and even a boy who is otherwise 

kindly and considerate may find enjoyment in deliberately mutilating a 

frog. In some cases, in boys and youths who have no true sadistic impulse 

and are not usually cruel, this infliction of torture on a lower animal 

produces an erection, though not necessarily any pleasant sexual 

sensations. 

 

[67] Marro, _La Puberta_, 1898, p. 223; Garnier, "La Criminalite 

Juvenile," _Comptes-rendus Congres Internationale d'Anthropologie 

Criminelle_, Amsterdam, 1901, p. 296; _Archivio di Psichiatria_, 1899, 

fasc. v-vi, p. 572. 

 

[68] Bk. ii, ch. ii. 

 

[69] Herbert Spencer, _Principles of Sociology_, 1876, vol. i, p. 651. 

 

[70] Westermarck, _Human Marriage_, p. 388. Grosse is of the same opinion; 

he considers also that the mock-capture is often an imitation, due to 

admiration, of real capture; he does not believe that the latter has ever 

been a form of marriage recognized by custom and law, but only "an 

occasional and punishable act of violence." (_Die Formen der Familie_, pp. 

105-7.) This position is too extreme. 

 

[71] Ernest Crawley, _The Mystic Rose_, 1902, p. 350 et seq. Van Gennep 

rightly remarks that we cannot correctly say that the woman is abducted 

from "her sex," but only from her "sexual society." 

 

[72] A. Van Gennep (_Rites de Passage_, 1909, pp. 175-186) has put forward 

a third theory, though also of a psychological character, according to 

which the "capture" is a rite indicating the separation of the young girl 

from the special societies of her childhood. Gennep regards this rite as 

one of a vast group of "rites of passage," which come into action whenever 

a person changes his social or natural environment. 

 

[73] Fere (_L'Instinct Sexuel_, p. 133) appears to regard the 

satisfaction, based on the sentiment of personal power, which may be 

experienced in the suffering and subjection of a victim as an adequate 

explanation of the association of pain with love. This I can scarcely 

admit. It is a factor in the emotional attitude, but when it only exists 

in the sexual sphere it is reasonable to base this attitude largely on the 

still more fundamental biological attitude of the male toward the female 

in the process of courtship. Fere regards this biological element as 

merely a superficial analogy, on the ground that an act of cruelty may 

become an equivalent of coitus. But a sexual perversion is quite commonly 

constituted by the selection and magnification of a single moment in the 

normal sexual process. 

 

[74] The process may, however, be quite conscious. Thus, a correspondent 

tells me that he not only finds sexual pleasure in cruelty toward the 

woman he loves, but that he regards this as an essential element. He is 

convinced that it gives the woman pleasure, and that it is possible to 

distinguish by gesture, inflection of voice, etc., an hysterical, assumed, 


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