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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

form, experienced any of those feelings and aspirations which 

reveal the presence of the sexual impulse. She had no love of 

dancing and was indifferent to any embraces she might chance to 

receive from young men. She never masturbated or showed inverted 

feelings. At the age of 23 she married. She still, however, 

experienced no sexual feelings; twice only she felt a faint 

sensation of pleasure. A child was born, but her home was unhappy 

on account of her husband's drunken habits. He died and she 

worked hard for her own living and the support of her mother. 

Then at the age of 31 a new phase occurs in her life: she falls 

in love with the master of her workshop. It was at first a purely 

psychic affection, without any mixture of physical elements; it 

was enough to see him, and she trembled when she touched anything 

that belonged to him. She was constantly thinking about him; she 

loved him for his eyes, which seemed to her those of her own 

child, and especially for his intelligence. Gradually, however, 

the lower nervous centers began to take part in these emotions; 

one day in passing her the master chanced to touch her shoulder; 

this contact was sufficient to produce sexual turgescence. She 

began to masturbate daily, thinking of her master, and for the 

first time in her life she desired coitus. She evoked the image 

of her master so constantly and vividly that at last 

hallucinations of sight, touch, and hearing appeared, and it 

seemed to her that he was present. These hallucinations were only 

with difficulty dissipated. (P. Serieux, _Les Anomalies de 

L'Instinct Sexuel_, 1888, p. 50.) This case presents in an insane 

form a phenomenon which is certainly by no means uncommon and is 

very significant. Up to the age of 31 we should certainly have 

been forced to conclude that this woman was sexually anesthetic 

to an almost absolute degree. In reality, we see this was by no 

means the case. Weak health, hard work, and a brutal husband had 

prolonged the latency of the sexual emotions; but they were 

there, ready to explode with even insane intensity (this being 

due to the unsound heredity) in the presence of a man who 

appealed to these emotions. 

 

In connection with the late evolution of the sexual emotions in 

women reference may be made to what is usually termed "old maid's 

insanity," a condition not met with in men. In these cases, which 

are not, indeed, common, single women who have led severely 

strict and virtuous lives, devoting themselves to religious or 

intellectual work, and carefully repressing the animal side of 

their natures, at last, just before the climacteric, experience 

an awakening of the erotic impulse; they fall in love with some 

unfortunate man, often a clergyman, persecute him with their 

attentions, and frequently suffer from the delusion that he 

reciprocates their affections. 

 

 

When once duly aroused, there cannot usually be any doubt concerning the 

strength of the sexual impulse in normal and healthy women. There would, 

however, appear to be a distinct difference between the sexes at this 

point also. Before sexual union the male tends to be more ardent; after 

sexual union it is the female who tends to be more ardent. The sexual 

energy of women, under these circumstances, would seem to be the greater 

on account of the long period during which it has been dormant. 

 

Sinibaldus in the seventeenth century, in his _Geneanthropeia_, 

argued that, though women are cold at first, and aroused with 

more difficulty and greater slowness than men, the flame of 

passion spreads in them the more afterward, just as iron is by 

nature cold, but when heated gives a great degree of heat. 

Similarly Mandeville said of women that "their passions are not 

so easily raised nor so suddenly fixed upon any particular 


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