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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

observer. 

 

A number of converging facts tend to indicate that the sexual 

sphere is larger, and more potent in its influence on the 

organism, in women than in men. It would appear that among the 

males and females of lower animals the same difference may be 

found. It is stated that in birds there is a greater flow of 

blood to the ovaries than to the testes. 

 

In women the system generally is more affected by disturbances in 

the sexual sphere than in men. This appears to be the case as 

regards the eye. "The influence of the sexual system upon the eye 

in man," Power states, "is far less potent, and the connection, 

in consequence, far less easy to trace than in woman." (H. Power, 

"Relation of Ophthalmic Disease to the Sexual Organs," _Lancet_, 

November 26, 1887.) 

 

The greater predominance of the sexual system in women on the 

psychic side is clearly brought out in insane conditions. It is 

well known that, while satyriasis is rare, nymphomania is 

comparatively common. These conditions are probably often forms 

of mania, and in mania, while sexual symptoms are common in men, 

they are often stated to be the rule in women (see, e.g., 

Krafft-Ebing, _Psychopathia Sexualis_, tenth edition, English 

translation, p. 465). Bouchereau, in noting this difference in 

the prevalence of sexual manifestations during insanity, remarks 

that it is partly due to the naturally greater dependence of 

women on the organs of generation, and partly to the more active, 

independent, and laborious lives of men; in his opinion, 

satyriasis is specially apt to develop in men who lead lives 

resembling those of women. (Bouchereau, art. "Satyriasis," 

_Dictionnaire Encyclopedique des Sciences Medicales_.) Again, 

postconnubial insanity is very much commoner in women than in 

men, a fact which may indicate the more predominant part played 

by the sexual sphere in women. (Savage, art. "Marriage and 

Insanity," _Dictionary of Psychological Medicine_.) 

 

Insanity tends to remove the artificial inhibitory influences 

that rule in ordinary life, and there is therefore significance 

in such a fact as that the sexual appetite is often increased in 

general paralysis and to a notable extent in women. (Pactet and 

Colin, _Les Alienes devant la Justice_, 1902, p. 122.) 

 

Naecke, from his experiences among the insane, makes an 

interesting and possibly sound distinction regarding the 

character of the sexual manifestations in the two sexes. Among 

men he finds these manifestations to be more of a reflex and 

purely spinal nature and chiefly manifested in masturbation; in 

women he finds them to be of a more cerebral character, and 

chiefly manifested in erotic gestures, lascivious conversation, 

etc. The sexual impulse would thus tend to involve to a greater 

extent the higher psychic region in women than in men. 

 

Forel likewise (_Die Sexuelle Frage_, 1906, p. 276), remarking on 

the much greater prevalence of erotic manifestations among insane 

women than insane men (and pointing out that it is by no means 

due merely to the presence of a male doctor, for it remains the 

same when the doctor is a woman), considers that it proves that 

in women the sexual impulse resides more prominently in the 

higher nervous centers and in men in the lower centers. (As 

regards the great prevalence of erotic manifestations among the 

female insane, I may also refer to Claye Shaw's interesting 

observations, "The Sexes in Lunacy," _St. Bartholomew's Hospital 

Reports_, vol. xxiv, 1888; also quoted in Havelock Ellis, _Man 

and Woman_, p. 370 et seq.) Whether or not we may accept Naecke's 

and Forel's interpretation of the facts, which is at least 

doubtful, there can be little doubt that the sexual impulse is 


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