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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

finished I had heard nothing. Remember, I felt no shame on the 

matter--none at all. I was simply bored. This I attribute to two 

things: first, my preponderating interest in the romantic side of 

things; secondly (and this bears with it a strong moral), _the 

feeling that the knowledge lay always within my grasp kept me 

from that curiosity which so oft consumes those who think it is 

hidden away from them_. 

 

"The changes of puberty came naturally and without startling me. 

Even the fact of emissions--which took place during sleep at 

intervals, unaccompanied by dreams or by any physical prostration 

afterward--has left on my memory no recollection of surprise; I 

knew it to be somehow connected with generation, but I had no 

physical trouble, and I am quite sure I did not bother further 

about it. The best possible proof of this lies in the fact that 

my memory is a blank on the matter. At the age of 21 (I take this 

from a diary, so I know it is correct) I was still ignorant as to 

intrinsic fact. Then I pulled myself together and felt it was 

really time I learned the actual details of the matter. I went to 

a clever friend of mine and asked him to tell me all about it. He 

expressed himself astounded at my not knowing; and he had very 

great shyness about telling me. In fact, I had to drag facts out 

of him by a real cross-examination, during which he persistently 

marveled at my ignorance. Though he had a great deal of false 

shame about the matter, I had none at all. His revelations 

considerably surprised me, because I had no idea that there was 

actual intromission. When I came to reflect on what I had learned 

the fact of this close physical intimacy appealed to me as being 

quite poetic and beautiful between two lovers; and I have had no 

reason since to change my opinion. 

 

"_Summary._--1. Romantic interest in girls and women commencing 

early and remaining persistently. 

 

"2. Knowledge before puberty of the fact that this interest was 

based on the all-important process of reproduction. 

 

"3. Absence of further physical curiosity even at puberty itself. 

 

"4. Knowledge ultimately acquired without shock. 

 

"The physical in sex has never been any bother to me, neither 

have I bothered about it. I have recognized it, frankly, and 

don't see why I shouldn't, but my unashamed recognition has 

probably been because the merely physical is less absorbing to me 

than to most. Mental and emotional interest in passion has 

absorbed me greatly, but the merely physical has sunk into what 

I call its natural place of subordination. Nature is kind. It is 

our 'conspiracy of silence' which tends to emphasize physical 

detail." 

 

 

HISTORY VII.--G.D., who is a doctor and a man of science, writes: 

"There is a strong history of gout on the paternal side. No 

history of alcohol, tubercle, brain trouble, or of the 

arthropathies. There is some reason to believe that two of my 

maternal aunts were sexually frigid, and perhaps this was true to 

a less extent of my mother, who had a contracted pelvis, 

necessitating the induction of labor at the eighth month of 

pregnancy. 

 

"About the age of 7 a German nursery governess, B., took charge 

of me, and I soon became devoted to her. I was then a delicate 

child, and used to suffer frequently from nightmare, waking up 

screaming and covered with sweat. When this happened, B. would 

sometimes take me into her bed and soothe me with kisses, etc. 

These I returned, and can remember that I was particularly fond 

of kissing her breasts. 

 

"About this time a girl cousin, A., about a year older than 

myself, was one of my most frequent playmates. I endeavored to 

monopolize her company and attention, and on this account often 

came to blows with C., a cousin rather younger than myself, who 


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