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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

APPENDIX B. 

 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE SEXUAL INSTINCT. 

 

 

It is a very remarkable fact that, although for many years past serious 

attempts have been made to elucidate the psychology of sexual perversions, 

little or no endeavor has been made to study the development of the normal 

sexual emotions. Nearly every writer seems either to take for granted that 

he and his readers are so familiar with all the facts of normal sex 

psychology that any detailed statement is altogether uncalled for, or else 

he is content to write a few fragmentary remarks, mostly made up of 

miscellaneous extracts from anatomical, philosophical, and historical 

works. 

 

Yet it is as unreasonable to take normal phenomena for granted here as in 

any other region of science. A knowledge of such phenomena is as necessary 

here as physiology is to pathology or anatomy to surgery. So far from the 

facts of normal sex development, sex emotions, and sex needs being uniform 

and constant, as is assumed by those who consider their discussion 

unnecessary, the range of variation within fairly normal limits is 

immense, and it is impossible to meet with two individuals whose records 

are nearly identical. 

 

There are two fundamental reasons why the endeavor should be made to 

obtain a broad basis of clear information on the subject. In the first 

place, the normal phenomena give the key to the abnormal phenomena, and 

the majority of sexual perversions, including even those that are most 

repulsive, are but exaggerations of instincts and emotions that are 

germinal in normal human beings. In the second place, we cannot even know 

what is normal until we are acquainted with the sexual life of a large 

number of healthy individuals. And until we know the limits of normal 

sexuality we are not in position to lay down any reasonable rules of 

sexual hygiene. 

 

On these grounds I have for some time sought to obtain the sexual 

histories, and more especially the early histories, of men and women who, 

on _prima facie_ grounds, may fairly be considered, or are at all events 

by themselves and others considered, ordinarily healthy and normal. 

 

There are many difficulties about such a task, difficulties which are 

sufficiently obvious. There is, first of all, the natural reticence to 

reveal facts of so intimately personal a character. There is the 

prevailing ignorance and unintelligence which leads to the phenomena being 

obscure to the subject himself. When the first difficulty has been 

overcome, and the second is non-existent, there is still a lack of 

sufficiently strong motive to undertake the record, as well as a failure 

to realize the value of such records. I have, however, received a large 

number of such histories, for the most part offered spontaneously with 

permission to make such further inquiries as I thought desirable. Some of 

these histories are extremely interesting and instructive. In the present 

Appendix, and in a corresponding Appendix to the two following volumes of 

these _Studies_, I bring forward a varied selection of these narratives. 

In a few cases, it will be seen, the subjects are, to say the least, on 

the borderland of the abnormal, but they do not come before us as patients 

desiring treatment. They are playing their, usually active, sometimes even 

distinguished, part in the world, which knows nothing of their intimate 

histories. 

 

HISTORY I.--E.T. (I reproduce this history, written in the third 

person, as it reached my hands.) T.'s earliest recollections of 

ideas of a sexual character are vaguely associated with thoughts 

upon whipping inflicted on companions by their parents, and 

sometimes upon his own person. About the age of 7 T. occasionally 

depicted to himself the appearance of the bare nates and 

genitalia of boys during flagellation. Reflection upon whipping 

gave rise to slight curious sensations at the base of the abdomen 

and in the nerves of the sexual system. The sight of a boy being 


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