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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

"Of course, I quite see there may be many complications; a man's 

natural anger at resistance may come in, and also simple, not 

sexual, pleasure in acts of crushing, etc. I always feel inclined 

to crush anything very soft or a person with very pretty thick 

hair, to rub together two shining surfaces, two bits of satin, 

etc., apart from any feelings of excitement. My explanation only 

refers to that part of sadism which is sexual enjoyment of 

another's pain." 

 

That the foregoing view holds good as regards the traces of 

sadism found within the normal limits of sexual emotion has 

already been stated. We may also believe that it is true in many 

genuinely perverse cases. In this connection reference may be 

made to an interesting case, reported by Moll, of a married lady 

23 years of age, with pronounced sadistic feelings. She belongs 

to a normal family and is herself apparently quite healthy, a 

tall and strongly built person, of feminine aspect, fond of music 

and dancing, of more than average intelligence. Her perverse 

inclinations commenced obscurely about the age of 14, when she 

began to be dominated by the thought of the pleasure it would be 

to strike and torture a man, but were not clearly defined until 

the age of 18, while at an early age she was fond of teasing and 

contradicting men, though she never experienced the same impulse 

toward women. She has never, except in a very slight degree, 

actually carried her ideas into practice, either with her husband 

or anyone else, being restrained, she says, by a feeling of 

shame. Coitus, though frequently practised, gives her no 

pleasure, seems, indeed, somewhat disgusting to her, and has 

never produced orgasm. Her own ideas, also, though very 

pleasurable to her, have not produced definite sexual excitement, 

except on two or three occasions, when they had been combined 

with the influence of alcohol. She frankly regrets that modern 

social relationship makes it impossible for her to find sexual 

satisfaction in the only way in which such satisfaction would be 

possible to her. 

 

Her chief delight would be to torture the man she was attached to 

in every possible way; to inflict physical pain and mental pain 

would give her equal pleasure. "I would bite him till the blood 

came, as I have often done to my husband. At that moment all 

sympathy for him would disappear." She frequently identifies her 

imaginary lover with a real man to whom she feels that she could 

be much more attracted than she is to her husband. She imagines 

to herself that she makes appointments with this lover, and that 

she reaches the rendezvous in her carriage, but only after her 

lover has been waiting for her a very long time in the cold. Then 

he must feel all her power, he must be her slave with no will of 

his own, and she would torture him with various implements as 

seemed good to her. She would use a rod, a riding-whip, bind him 

and chain him, and so on. But it is to be noted that she declares 

"_this could, in general, only give me enjoyment if the man 

concerned endured such torture with a certain pleasure_. He must, 

indeed, writhe with pain, but at the same time be in a state of 

sexual ecstasy, followed by satisfaction." His pleasure must not, 

however, be so great that it overwhelms his pain; if it did, her 

own pleasure would vanish, and she has found witty her husband 

that when in kissing him her bites have given him much pleasure 

she has at once refrained. 

 

It is further noteworthy that only the pain she herself had 

inflicted would give her pleasure. If the lover suffered pain 

from an accident or a wound she is convinced that she would be 

full of sympathy for him. Outside her special sexual perversion 

she is sympathetic and very generous. (Moll, _Kontraere 


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