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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

liable to atavistic manifestations. An organism in this state becomes 

peculiarly apt to seize on the automatic sources of energy generated by 

emotion. The parched sexual instinct greedily drinks up and absorbs the 

force it obtains by applying abnormal stimuli to its emotional apparatus. 

It becomes largely, if not solely, dependent on the energy thus secured. 

The abnormal organism in this respect may become as dependent on anger or 

fear, and for the same reason, as in other respects it may become 

dependent on alcohol. 

 

We see the process very well illustrated by the occasional action of the 

emotion of anger. In animals the connection between love and anger is so 

close that even normally, as Groos points out, in some birds the sight of 

an enemy may call out the gestures of courtship.[139] As Krafft-Ebing 

remarks, both love and anger "seek their object, try to possess themselves 

of it, and naturally exhaust themselves in a physical effect on it; both 

throw the psychomotor sphere into the most intense excitement, and by 

means of this excitement reach their normal expression."[140] Fere has 

well remarked that the impatience of desire may itself be regarded as a 

true state of anger, and Stanley Hall, in his admirable study of anger, 

notes that "erethism of the breasts or sexual parts" was among the 

physical manifestations of anger occurring in some of his cases, and in 

one case a seminal emission accompanied every violent outburst.[141] Thus 

it is that anger may be used to reinforce a weak sexual impulse, and 

cases have been recorded in which coitus could only be performed when the 

man had succeeded in working himself up into an artificial state of 

anger.[142] On the other hand, Fere has recorded a case in which the 

sexual excitement accompanying delayed orgasm was always transformed into 

anger, though without any true sadistic manifestations.[143] 

 

As a not unexpected complementary phenomenon to this connection of anger 

and sexual emotion in the male, it is sometimes found that the spectacle 

of masculine anger excites pleasurable emotion in women. The case has been 

recorded of a woman who delighted in arousing anger for the pleasure it 

gave her, and who advised another woman to follow her example and excite 

her husband's anger, as nothing was so enjoyable as to see a man in a fury 

of rage[144]; Lombroso mentions a woman who was mostly frigid, but 

experienced sexual feelings when she heard anyone swearing; and a medical 

friend tells me of a lady considerably past middle age who experienced 

sexual erethism after listening to a heated argument between her husband 

and a friend on religious topics. The case has also been recorded of a 

masochistic man who found sexual satisfaction in masturbating while a 

woman, by his instructions, addressed him in the lowest possible terms of 

abuse.[145] Such a feeling doubtless underlies that delight in teasing men 

which is so common among young women. Stanley Hall, referring to the 

almost morbid dread of witnessing manifestations of anger felt by many 

women, remarks: "In animals, females are often described as watching with 

complacency the conflict of rival males for their possession, and it seems 

probable that the intense horror of this state, which many females 

report, is associated more or less unconsciously with the sexual rage 

which has followed it."[146] The dread may well be felt at least as much 

as regards the emotional state in themselves as in the males. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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