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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

find that, of 94 married women, 91 women acknowledged the 

existence of sexual desire and only 3 denied it. 

 

Schroeter, again in Germany, has investigated the manifestations 

of the sexual impulse among 402 insane women in the asylum at 

Eichberg in Rheingau. ("Wird bei jungen Unverheiratheten zur Zeit 

der Menstruation staerkere sexuelle Erregheit beobaehtet?" 

_Allgemeine Zeitschrift fuer Psychiatrie_, vol. lvi, 1899, pp. 

321-333.) There is no reason to suppose that the insane represent 

a class of the community specially liable to sexual emotion, 

although its manifestations may become unrestrained and 

conspicuous under the influence of insanity; and at the same 

time, while the appearance of such manifestations is evidence of 

the aptitude for sexual emotions, their absence may be only due 

to disease, seclusion, or to an intact power of self-control. 

 

Of the 402 women, 166 were married and 236 unmarried. Schroeter 

divided them into four groups: (1) those below 20; (2) those 

between 20 and 30; (3) those between 30 and 40; (4) those from 40 

to the menopause. The patients included persons from the lowest 

class of the population, and only about a quarter of them could 

fairly be regarded as curable. Thus the manifestations of 

sexuality were diminished, for with advance of mental disease 

sexual manifestations cease to appear. Schroeter only counted 

those cases in which the sexual manifestations were decided and 

fairly constant at the menstrual epoch; if not visibly 

manifested, sexual feeling was not taken into account. Sexual 

phenomena accompanied the entry of the menstrual epoch in 141 

cases: i.e., in 20 (or in the proportion of 72 per cent.) of the 

first group, consisting entirely of unmarried women; in 33 (or 28 

per cent.) of the second group; in 55 (or 35 per cent.) of the 

third group; and in 33 (or 33 per cent.) of the fourth group. It 

was found that 181 patients showed no sexual phenomena at any 

time, while 80 showed sexual phenomena frequently between the 

menstrual epochs, but only in a slight degree, and not at all 

during the period. At all ages sexual manifestations were more 

prevalent among the unmarried than among the married, though this 

difference became regularly and progressively less with increase 

in age. 

 

Schroeter inclines to think that sexual excitement is commoner 

among insane women belonging to the lower social classes than in 

those belonging to the better classes. Among 184 women in a 

private asylum, only 13 (6.13 per cent.) showed very marked and 

constant excitement at menstrual periods. He points out, however, 

that this may be due to a greater ability to restrain the 

manifestations of feeling. 

 

There is some interest in Schroeter's results, though they cannot 

be put on a line with inquiries made among the sane; they only 

represent the prevalence of the grossest and strongest sexual 

manifestations when freed from the restraints of sanity. 

 

As a slight contribution toward the question, I have selected a series of 

12 cases of women of whose sexual development I possess precise 

information, with the following results: In 2 cases distinct sexual 

feeling was experienced spontaneously at the age of 7 and 8, but the 

complete orgasm only occurred some years after puberty; in 5 cases sexual 

feeling appeared spontaneously for a few months to a year after the 

appearance of menstruation, which began between 12 and 14 years of age, 

usually at 13; in another case sexual feeling first appeared shortly after 

menstruation began, but not spontaneously, being called out by a lover's 

advances; in the remaining 4 cases sexual emotion never became definite 

and conscious until adult life (the ages being 26, 27, 34, 35), in 2 cases 

through being made love to, and in 2 cases through self-manipulation out 


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