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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

nearly 3000, of patients entering the Turin asylum, from 1886 to 1895, in 

which the age of the first appearance of insanity was known. 

 

III. 

 

Summary of Conclusions. 

 

 

In conclusion it may be worth while to sum up the main points brought out 

in this brief discussion of a very large question. We have seen that there 

are two streams of opinion regarding the relative strength of the sexual 

impulse in men and women: one tending to regard it as greater in men, the 

other as greater in women. We have concluded that, since a large body of 

facts may be brought forward to support either view, we may fairly hold 

that, roughly speaking, the distribution of the sexual impulse between the 

two sexes is fairly balanced. 

 

We have, however, further seen that the phenomena are in reality too 

complex to be settled by the usual crude method of attempting to discover 

quantitative differences in the sexual impulse. We more nearly get to the 

bottom of the question by a more analytic method, breaking up our mass of 

facts into groups. In this way we find that there are certain well-marked 

characteristics by which the sexual impulse in women differs from the same 

impulse in men: 1. It shows greater apparent passivity. 2. It is more 

complex, less apt to appear spontaneously, and more often needing to be 

aroused, while the sexual orgasm develops more slowly than in men. 3. It 

tends to become stronger after sexual relationships are established. 4. 

The threshold of excess is less easily reached than in men. 5. The sexual 

sphere is larger and more diffused. 6. There is a more marked tendency to 

periodicity in the spontaneous manifestations of sexual desire. 7. Largely 

as a result of these characteristics, the sexual impulse shows a greater 

range of variation in women than in men, both as between woman and woman 

and in the same woman at different periods. 

 

It may be added that a proper understanding of these sexual differences in 

men and women is of great importance, both in the practical management of 

sexual hygiene and in the comprehension of those wider psychological 

characteristics by which women differ from men. 

 


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