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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

affect me unless there is a certain amount of drapery. I think, 

therefore, that the feeling must come in part from the 

possibility of the drapery catching on some roughness of the 

surface of the slope, and so producing pressure on the sexual 

organs. The effect is still produced, however, even without any 

clothing, if the slope is supposed to end in a deep drop, so that 

the idea of falling is strongly presented. I cannot recollect any 

early associations that would tend to explain these feelings, 

except that jumping from a height, which I used frequently to do 

as a child, has a tendency to create excitement. 

 

"With me, I may add, it is when I cannot express myself, or am 

trying to understand what I feel is beyond my grasp, that the 

first stage of sexual excitement results. For instance, I never 

get excited in thinking over sexual questions, because my ideas, 

correct or incorrect, are fairly clear and definite. But I often 

feel sexually excited over that question of the inheritance of 

acquired characteristics, not because I can't decide between the 

two sets of evidence, but because I don't feel confident of 

having fully grasped the true significance of either. This 

feeling of want of power, mental or physical, always has the same 

effect. I feel it if my eyes are blindfolded or my hands tied. I 

don't like to see the Washington Post dance, in which the man 

stands behind the woman and holds her hands, on that account. If 

he held her wrists the feeling would be stronger, as her apparent 

helplessness would be increased. The nervous irritability that is 

caused by being under restraint seems to manifest itself in that 

way, while in the case of mental disability the excitement, which 

should flow down a mental channel, being checked, seems to take a 

physical course instead. 

 

"Possibly this would help to explain masochistic sexual feelings. 

A physical cause working in the present would be preferable as an 

explanation to a psychological cause to be traced back through 

heredity to primitive conditions. I believe such feelings are 

very common in men as well as in women, only people do not care 

to admit them, as a rule." 

 

The idea of being chained and fettered appears to be not uncommonly 

associated with pleasurable sexual feelings, for I have met with numerous 

cases in both men and women, and it not infrequently coexists with a 

tendency to inversion. It often arises at a very early age, and it is of 

considerable interest because we cannot account for its frequency by any 

chance association nor by any actual experiences. It would appear to be a 

purely psychic fantasia founded on the elementary physical fact that 

restraint of emotion, like suspension, produces a heightening of emotion. 

In any case the spontaneous character of such ideas and emotions in 

children of both sexes suffices to show that they must possess a very 

definite organic basis. 

 

In one of the histories (X) contained in Appendix B at the end of 

the present volume a lady describes how, as a child, she reveled 

in the idea of being chained and tortured, these ideas appearing 

to rise spontaneously. In another case, that of A.N. (for the 

most part reproduced in "Erotic Symbolism," in vol. v of these 

_Studies_), whose ideals are inverted and who is also affected by 

boot-fetichism, the idea of fetters is very attractive. In this 

case self-excitement was produced at a very early age, without 

the use of the hands, by strapping the legs together. We can, 

however, scarcely explain away the idea of fetters in this case 

as merely the result of an early association, for it may well be 

argued that the idea led to this method of self-excitement. "The 

mere idea of fetters," this subject writes, "produces the 


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