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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

greatest excitement, and the sight of pictures representing such 

things is a temptation. The reading of books dealing with prison 

life, etc., anywhere where physical restraint is treated of, is a 

temptation. The temptation is aggravated when the picture 

represents the person booted. I suppose all this will have been 

intensified in my case by my practices as a child. But why should 

a child of 6 do such things unless it were a natural instinct in 

him? Nobody showed me; I have never mentioned such things to 

anyone. I used to read historical romances for the pleasure of 

reading of people being put in prison, in fetters, and tortured, 

and always envied them. I feel now that I should like to undergo 

the sensation. If I could get anyone to humor me without losing 

their self-respect, I should jump at the opportunity. I have been 

most powerfully excited by visiting an old Australian 

convict-ship, where all the means of restraint are shown; I have 

been attracted to it night after night, wanting, but not daring 

to ask, to be allowed to have a practical experience." 

 

Stcherbak, of Warsaw, has recorded a case which resembles that of 

A.N., but there was no inversion and the attraction of fetters 

was active rather than passive; the subject desired to fetter and 

not to be fettered. It is possible that this difference is not 

fundamental, though Stcherbak regards the case as one of 

fetichism of sadistic origin ("Contribution a l'Etude des 

Perversions Sexuelles," _Archives de Neurologie_, Oct., 1907). 

The subject was a highly intelligent though neurasthenic youth, 

who from the age of 5 had been deeply interested in criminals who 

were fettered and sent to prison. The fate of Siberian prisoners 

was a frequent source of prolonged meditations. It was the 

fettering which alone interested him, and he spent much time in 

trying to imagine the feelings of the fettered prisoners, and he 

often imagined that he was himself a prisoner in fetters. (This 

seems to indicate that the impulse was in its origin masochistic 

as much as sadistic, and better described as algolagnia than as 

sadism.) He delighted in stories and pictures of fettered 

persons. At the age of 15 the sex of the fettered person became 

important and he was interested chiefly in fettered women. A new 

element also appeared; he was attracted to well-dressed women and 

especially to those wearing elegant shoes, delighting to imagine 

them fettered. He fastened his own feet together with chains, 

attempting to walk about his room in this condition, but 

experienced comparatively little pleasure in this way. At the age 

of 15 he met a lady 10 years older than himself and of great 

intelligence. As he began to know her more intimately she allowed 

him to take liberties with her; he fastened her hands behind her 

back, and this caused him a violent but delicious emotion which 

he had never experienced before. Next time he fastened her feet 

together as well as her hands; as he did so her shoes slightly 

touched his sexual organs; this caused erection and ejaculation, 

accompanied by the most acute sexual pleasure he had ever felt. 

He had no wish to see her naked or to uncover himself, and as 

long as this relationship lasted he had no abnormal thoughts at 

other times, or in connection with other people. He never 

masturbated, and his sexual dreams were of fettered men or women. 

Stcherbak discusses the case at length and considers that it is 

essentially an example of sadism, on the ground that the impulse 

of fettering was prompted by the desire to humiliate. There is, 

however, no evidence of any such desire, and, as a matter of 

fact, no humiliation was effected. The primary and fundamental 

element in this and similar cases is an almost abstract sexual 


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