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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

and, when excited, would masturbate. The act was in every 

instance a psychic intercourse. For some time I did not know that 

the practice was considered harmful. I indulged whenever I felt 

the inclination. This at times was rather frequent; again only at 

considerable intervals. I did know that it was looked upon as 

being unmanly, and never admitted, except to perhaps two or three 

boy friends, that I ever indulged. With these boys I practised 

mutual masturbation a few times. There was no homosexual feeling 

connected with these acts in any of us. It was only that the 

normal method of gratifying our desires was not available. I know 

the subsequent history of each of these boys, and there has been 

nothing to indicate any perverted instinct in any of them. About 

the age of 16 I heard a talk on sexual matters by a traveling 

evangelist, who portrayed the effects of masturbation in fearful 

colors. I now realize that he was an ignorant though 

well-intentioned man; but the general effect of his talk upon me 

was a bad one. One of the results of the habit, according to his 

statements, was insanity. Therefore I expected at any moment to 

lose my mind. I felt that I must stop the practice at once, but 

the matter became so great an obsession that again and again I 

broke my resolutions for reform. I undertook exercise, dieting, 

the reading of serious literature: all of which I had seen 

referred to in books as methods of lessening sexual desire. The 

object of these disciplinary practices was always the thing most 

prominently in mind, and so they were of no avail. Fortunately I 

entered college a little later, and the affairs of school life 

gradually took a commanding place in my thoughts, and the 

practice was not so much in mind. I did not, however, completely 

break away from it until almost the time of my marriage. If the 

present attitude of the scientific medical world toward the 

subject had been known to me, I do not believe that any evil 

would have come to me from the practice. At a later period of my 

life, say between 21 and 24, I would not indulge the habit for a 

considerable interval. At times I did not notice the presence or 

lack of desire. But then there would come periods when I would be 

under a severe sexual tension. This would be marked by intense 

nervousness, an inability to fix my attention upon any one thing, 

and a great desire to have intercourse. An act of masturbation at 

such a time would generally give relief. However, when I yielded 

to this form of relief, there would always follow feelings of 

profound self-reproach and of self-repugnance. Had I had 

nocturnal emissions they might have relieved me; but, as I have 

said before, they very rarely occurred. When, rarely, one did 

occur I would be greatly frightened, for I had the old, erroneous 

idea that they meant serious weakness and always ascribed them to 

my bad habit. That my habit of masturbation had any relation to 

the rarity of the involuntary emissions would, of course, be a 

matter of pure conjecture. In passing from the discussion of 

personal masturbation, I wish to say that my associations with 

boys as a pupil and as a teacher lead me to believe that the 

practice is practically universal. When discussing the hygienic 

evils of prostitution with boy pupils I have noted that, whereas 

not infrequently a boy will voluntarily protest that he has never 

had intercourse, there has always been a significant silence when 

masturbation is mentioned. I have never heard a boy make a 

denial, direct or indirect, that he had indulged in the practice. 

But it has seldom been a perversion. It has rather been, as in my 

own case, an available means of relieving a sexual impulse. 


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