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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

argued that De Sade was really a masochist; the investigation of histories 

of sadism and masochism, even those given by Krafft-Ebing (as, indeed, 

Colin Scott and Fere have already pointed out), constantly reveals traces 

of both groups of phenomena in the same individual. They cannot, 

therefore, be regarded as opposed manifestations. This has been felt by 

some writers, who have, in consequence, proposed other names more clearly 

indicating the relationship of the phenomena. Fere speaks of sexual 

algophily[98]; he only applies the term to masochism; it might equally 

well be applied to sadism. Schrenck-Notzing, to cover both sadism and 

masochism, has invented the term algolagnia (algos, pain, and lagnos 

sexually excited), and calls the former active, the latter passive, 

algolagnia.[99] Eulenburg has also emphasized the close connection between 

these groups of perverted sexual manifestations, and has adopted the same 

terms, adding the further group of ideal (illusionary) algolagnia, to 

cover the cases in which the mere autosuggestive representation of pain, 

inflicted or suffered, suffices to give sexual gratification.[100] 

 

A brief discussion of the terms "sadism" and "masochism" has imposed 

itself upon us at this point because as soon as, in any study of the 

relationship between love and pain, we pass over the limits of normal 

manifestations into a region which is more or less abnormal, these two 

conceptions are always brought before us, and it was necessary to show on 

what grounds they are here rejected as the pivots on which the discussion 

ought to turn. We may accept them as useful terms to indicate two groups 

of clinical phenomena; but we cannot regard them as of any real scientific 

value. Having reached this result, we may continue our consideration of 

the love-bite, as the normal manifestation of the connection between love 

and pain which most naturally leads us across the frontier of the 

abnormal. 

 

The result of the love-bite in its extreme degree is to shed blood. This 

cannot be regarded as the direct aim of the bite in its normal 

manifestations, for the mingled feelings of close contact, of passionate 

gripping, of symbolic devouring, which constitute the emotional 

accompaniments of the bite would be too violently discomposed by actual 

wounding and real shedding of blood. With some persons, however, perhaps 

more especially women, the love-bite is really associated with a conscious 

desire, even if more or less restrained, to draw blood, a real delight in 

this process, a love of blood. Probably this only occurs in persons who 

are not absolutely normal, but on the borderland of the abnormal. We have 

to admit that this craving has, however, a perfectly normal basis. There 

is scarcely any natural object with so profoundly emotional an effect as 

blood, and it is very easy to understand why this should be so.[101] 

Moreover, blood enters into the sphere of courtship by virtue of the same 

conditions by which cruelty enters into it; they are both accidents of 

combat, and combat is of the very essence of animal and primitive human 

courtship, certainly its most frequent accompaniment. So that the 

repelling or attracting fascination of blood may be regarded as a 

by-product of normal courtship, which, like other such by-products, may 

become an essential element of abnormal courtship.[102] 

 

Normally the fascination of blood, if present at all during sexual 

excitement, remains more or less latent, either because it is weak or 

because the checks that inhibit it are inevitably very powerful. 

Occasionally it becomes more clearly manifest, and this may happen early 

in life. Fere records the case of a man of Anglo-Saxon origin, of sound 

heredity so far as could be ascertained and presenting no obvious stigmata 

of degeneration, who first experienced sexual manifestations at the age of 

5 when a boy cousin was attacked by bleeding at the nose. It was the first 


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