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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

relationships. Sometimes, no doubt, this may be due to 

dyspareunia. Sometimes there may be an absolute sexual 

anesthesia, whether of congenital or hysterical origin. I have 

been told of the case of a married lady who has never been able 

to obtain sexual pleasure, although she has had relations with 

several men, partly to try if she could obtain the experience, 

and partly to please them; the very fact that the motives for 

sexual relationships arose from no stronger impulse itself 

indicates a congenital defect on the psychic as well as on the 

physical side. But, as a rule, the sexual anesthesia involved is 

not absolute, but lies in a disinclination to the sexual act due 

to various causes, in a defect of strong sexual impulse, and an 

inaptitude for the sexual orgasm. 

 

I am indebted to a lady who has written largely on the woman 

question, and is herself the mother of a numerous family, for 

several letters in regard to the prevalence among women of sexual 

coldness, a condition which she regards as by no means to be 

regretted. She considers that in all her own children the sexual 

impulse is very slightly developed, the boys being indifferent to 

women, the girls cold toward men and with no desire to marry, 

though all are intelligent and affectionate, the girls showing a 

very delicate and refined kind of beauty. (A large selection of 

photographs accompanied this communication.) Something of the 

same tendency is said to mark the stocks from which this family 

springs, and they are said to be notable for their longevity, 

healthiness, and disinclination for excesses of all kinds. It is 

scarcely necessary to remark that a mother, however highly 

intelligent, is by no means an infallible judge as to the 

presence or absence in her children of so shy, subtle, and 

elusive an impulse as that of sex. At the same time I am by no 

means disposed to question the existence in individuals, and even 

in families or stocks, of a relatively weak sexual impulse, 

which, while still enabling procreation to take place, is 

accompanied by no strong attraction to the opposite sex and no 

marked inclination for marriage. (Adler, op. cit., p. 168, found 

such a condition transmitted from mother to daughter.) Such 

persons often possess a delicate type of beauty. Even, however, 

when the health is good there seems usually to be a certain lack 

of vitality. 

 

It seems to me that a state of sexual anesthesia, relative or absolute, 

cannot be considered as anything but abnormal. To take even the lowest 

ground, the satisfaction of the reproductive function ought to be at least 

as gratifying as the evacuation of the bowels or bladder; while, if we 

take, as we certainly must, higher ground than this, an act which is at 

once the supreme fact and symbol of love and the supreme creative act 

cannot under normal conditions be other than the most pleasurable of all 

acts, or it would stand in violent opposition to all that we find in 

nature. 

 

How natural the sexual impulse is in women, whatever difficulties may 

arise in regard to its complete gratification, is clearly seen when we 

come to consider the frequency with which in young women we witness its 

more or less instinctive manifestations. Such manifestations are liable to 

occur in a specially marked manner in the years immediately following the 

establishment of puberty, and are the more impressive when we remember the 

comparatively passive part played by the female generally in the game of 

courtship, and the immense social force working on women to compel them to 

even an unnatural extension of that passive part. The manifestations to 

which I allude not only occur with most frequency in young girls, but, 

contrary to the common belief, they seem to occur chiefly in innocent and 

unperverted girls. The more vicious are skillful enough to avoid the 


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