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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

mentioned (about the age of 7 or 8), and as a young girl, the 

second stage (secretion of mucus) was always reached. The amount 

of secretion has always been excessive, but at first secretion 

only lasted a short time; later it began to last for several 

hours, or even sometimes the whole night, if the natural 

gratification has been withheld for a long time (say, three 

months). I do not remember ever feeling the third stage (complete 

orgasm) until I saw the first man I fancied I cared for. I do not 

think that mental causes alone have ever produced more than the 

first two stages (general diffuse excitement and secretion). I 

have sometimes wondered whether I could produce the third 

mechanically, but I have a curious unreasonable repugnance to 

trying the experiment; it would seem to materialize it too much. 

As a child and a girl I was contented to arrive at the second 

stage, possibly because I did not realize that there was any 

other, and perhaps this is why I have experienced no evil 

results. 

 

"In dreams the third stage seems to come suddenly without any 

leading up to it, either mental or physical, of which I am 

conscious. I do not, however, remember having any such dreams 

before I was engaged. They came at a later period; even then, 

when great pleasure was experienced, it came, as a rule, suddenly 

and sharply, with no dreams leading up to it. The dreams 

generally take a sad form (an Evangeline and Gabriel business), 

where one vainly seeks the person who eludes one. I have, 

however, sometimes had pleasurable dreams of men who were quite 

indifferent to me and of whom I never thought when awake. The 

impression on waking is so strong one could almost fancy one's 

self really in love with them. I can quite understand falling in 

love with a person by dreaming of him in this way. 

 

"The first time I remember experiencing the third stage in waking 

moments was at a picnic, when the man, to whom I have before 

referred as the first that I fancied I cared for, leaned against 

me accidentally in passing a plate or dish; but I was already in 

a violent state of excitement at being with him. There was no 

possibility of anything between us, as he was married. If he 

guessed my feelings, they were never admitted, as I did my best 

to hide them. I never experienced this, except at the touch of 

some one I loved. (I think the saying about the woman 'desiring 

the desire of the man' is just about as true as most epigrams. It 

is the man's personality alone which affects me. His feelings 

toward me are of--I was going to say--indifference, but at any 

rate quite secondary importance, and the gratification of my own 

vanity counts as nothing in such relations.) 

 

"As a rule, to reach even the second stage the exciting ideas 

must be associated with some particular person, except in the 

case of a story, where one identifies one's self with one of the 

characters. In childhood and early youth it was, in the case of 

religion, the idea of God and the presence and the personality of 

God which aroused my feelings and always seemed very vivid to me. 

In the case of my governess, my feelings were aroused in exactly 

the same way as later they would be by one's lover. In the art 

craze I am rather vague as to how it came about, but I think, as 

a rule, there was rather a craving for pleasure than pleasure 

itself. I do not remember ever thinking much about the physical 

feeling. It seemed as natural that a pleasant emotion should 

produce pleasant physical effects as that a painful one should 

cause tears. As a child, one takes so much for granted, and later 

on my mind was so much occupied with worrying about the truth of 

religion that I hardly thought enough about anything else to 


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