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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

HISTORY XVI.--This history is given in the subject's own words: 

A.N., 34 years of age, a university graduate, devoted to learning 

and interested in philosophy and theology. He is happily married 

and the father of an only daughter. Since puberty he has enjoyed 

excellent health. 

 

"Looking back he finds the beginnings of sexual feeling obscure. 

This feeling is by no means identical in its progress with the 

knowledge of the phenomena of sex generally. The latter he 

acquired thus: His mother told him at a very early age the 

outlines of the phenomena of birth and explained to him (perhaps 

at that time unnecessarily) that the genital organs of little 

girls were different from his own. This piece of knowledge led to 

his asking, when 9 years old, a little girl cousin who came to 

live with the family (he was an only child) and who shared his 

bed to let him see her genitalia. This she readily did and also 

invited him to coitus, which she described as a 'nice game.' He 

complied, but without, of course, any feeling of pleasure or any 

understanding of the nature of what he was doing. Shortly after 

this he went to a day school, where, amid the extraordinarily 

coarse conversation of the boys, he was initiated into all the 

more obvious phenomena of sex. But still it was only a matter of 

intellectual curiosity. As such it had a strange fascination for 

him, and to this day he remembers many of the obscene words and 

phrases, as, for example, a set of indecent verses beginning 

'William, the milkman, sat under a tree,' describing coitus, 

though some of the details were yet misunderstood by him. That up 

to his tenth or eleventh year no real sexual desire was awakened 

is plain from the fact that there was no desire for any 

repetition of attempts at coitus with his cousin, though he did 

indeed, again out of curiosity, finger her genitals sometimes, a 

thing which she, grown evidently more fastidious, reported to his 

mother, who gravely reprimanded him, telling him that it was the 

'beginning of all evil.' 

 

"Desire was awakened gradually and, as I have said, obscurely. 

Not only at school, but among his own cousins, especially two 

girls (other than the one above mentioned) and a boy, the 

conversation was lascivious in the extreme, though words never 

proceeded to deeds as between the boys and the girls. He was 

soon, however, about his fifteenth year, so far as he can 

remember, initiated into the practice of masturbation, first, 

sleeping with his boy cousin, the two used to play at 'husband 

and wife,' and then, more directly, a neighbor, a heavy, sensual 

type of boy, took him aside one day and drawing out his own penis 

asked him 'if he knew how to make some buttermilk.' Out of 

curiosity at first, and to obtain the new and voluptuous 

sensation afterward, he began assiduously to practise this vice, 

which, as he afterward found out, was very common, if not 

universal about him. That it was morally reprehensible he had not 

at that time the ghost of a notion; he considered that it 

belonged to the category of the 'dirty' only. His father quite 

neglected this development, believing, I suppose, in the 

superstition of the 'innocence of childhood.' 

 

"This practice of masturbation went on assiduously to his 

sixteenth year, when its true nature and danger were revealed to 

him by a good clergyman who prepared him for confirmation. He had 

at this time gone far, in both solitary vice and vice 'a deux,' 

with his male cousin, with whom he practised even 'fellatio' and 

'intromissio in anum.' But now he began to struggle against it 

and made some headway, but never entirely shook it off before his 

marriage at 26, so deeply rooted was the hold it had on him. 

Especially at the time between sleeping and waking, or while 


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