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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

suggestions given to the patient are "that all her womanly 

natural feelings would be quickly and satisfactorily developed 

during coitus; that she would experience no feeling of disgust 

and nausea, would have no fear of the orgasm not developing; that 

there would be no involuntary resistance on her part." The fact 

that such suggestions can be permanently effective tends to show 

how superficial the sexual "anesthesia" of women usually is. 

 

Not only, therefore, is the apparatus of sexual excitement in women more 

complex than in men, but--in part, possibly as a result of this greater 

complexity--it much more frequently requires to be actively aroused. In 

men tumescence tends to occur almost spontaneously, or under the simple 

influence of accumulated semen. In women, also, especially in those who 

live a natural and healthy life, sexual excitement also tends to occur 

spontaneously, but by no means so frequently as in men. The comparative 

rarity of sexual dreams in women who have not had sexual relationships 

alone serves to indicate this sexual difference. In a very large number of 

women the sexual impulse remains latent until aroused by a lover's 

caresses. The youth spontaneously becomes a man; but the maiden--as it has 

been said--"must be kissed into a woman." 

 

One result of this characteristic is that, more especially when love is 

unduly delayed beyond the first youth, this complex apparatus has 

difficulty in responding to the unfamiliar demands of sexual excitement. 

Moreover, delayed normal sexual relations, when the sexual impulse is not 

absolutely latent, tend to induce all degrees of perverted or abnormal 

sexual gratification, and the physical mechanism when trained to respond 

in other ways often fails to respond normally when, at last, the normal 

conditions of response are presented. In all these ways passivity and even 

aversion may be produced in the conjugal relationship. The fact that it is 

almost normally the function of the male to arouse the female, and that 

the greater complexity of the sexual mechanism in women leads to more 

frequent disturbance of that mechanism, produces a simulation of organic 

sexual coldness which has deceived many. 

 

 

 

 

An instructive study of cases in which the sexual impulse has 

been thus perverted has been presented by Smith Baker ("The 

Neuropsychical Element in Conjugal Aversion," _Journal of Nervous 

and Mental Disease_, vol. xvii, September, 1892). Raymond and 

Janet, who believes that sexual coldness is extremely frequent in 

marriage, and that it plays an important part in the causation of 

physical and moral troubles, find that it is most often due to 

masturbation. (_Les Obsessions_, vol. ii, p. 307.) Adler, after 

discussing the complexity of the feminine sexual mechanism, and 

the difficulty which women find in obtaining sexual gratification 

in normal coitus, concludes that "masturbation is a frequent, 

perhaps the most frequent, cause of defective sexual sensibility 

in women." (_Op. cit._, p. 119.) He remarks that in women 

masturbation usually has less resemblance to normal coitus than 

in men and involves very frequently the special excitation of 

parts which are not the chief focus of excitement in coitus, so 

that coitus fails to supply the excitation which has become 

habitual (pp. 113-116). In the discussion of "Auto-erotism" in 

the first volume of these _Studies_, I had already referred to 

the divorce between the physical and the ideal sides of love 

which may, especially in women, be induced by masturbation. 

 

 

 

 

 


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