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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

understanding of the feelings of the other. But until our 

betrothal there were none of even those very innocent expressions 

of endearment common, I imagine, to all lovers. I am sure that 

during this period of our attachment no thought of any physical 

relations between us was ever in my mind; or, at any rate, was 

promptly banished if it occurred. Yet all this time my sex 

desires were very strong and at times became an obsession. Never, 

though, were they directed toward my sweetheart. The first time 

that we engaged in the endearments and caresses allowed to lovers 

I became conscious, after a time, of a state of sexual 

excitement. I experienced an erection. It was absolutely reflex; 

no thought had entered into it. I was at once overwhelmed with a 

feeling of shame. I felt that I had been guilty of unthinkable 

indecency toward my betrothed. Then there arose a fear that it 

might be noticed. (Men at that time wore abominably tight 

clothing.) As a matter of fact, I now know that there was no real 

danger of this, for she was absolutely ignorant of the nature of 

the male sexual organs. But I made a pretext for withdrawing from 

the room and tried to adjust my clothing so that no exposure 

could occur. I was fearful of coming into close proximity to her 

again, lest there should be a recurrence of the feeling. As a 

matter of fact it did occur a number of times, but my good sense 

finally suggested the explanation and after a time it ceased to 

trouble me. The thought was latent in my mind that sexual 

excitement was necessarily more or less indecent at all times, 

and I could not reconcile its manifestation with a pure love. 

 

"I have said that my sexual desire was strong. Up to the time of 

marriage it was never gratified in the normal manner. My esthetic 

abhorrence of prostitutes continued to prevent its gratification 

in that manner. No other opportunity offered. I am positive that 

moral considerations did not enter into the matter at all. I 

think now that it was strange that the thought that it would be 

disloyal to my promised wife to have connection with other women 

did not affect me. But I am sure that it did not. I am inclined 

to think that conscientious scruples very rarely enter into the 

average young man's considerations of contemplated sexual 

relations. 

 

"As the time of my marriage drew near, thoughts of the physical 

relationship of husband and wife became, of course, more 

insistent. The idea of establishing sexual relations was not at 

all a pleasant one. I dreaded it as an ordeal. I wondered if it 

would be possible for us to retain the same love and affection 

for one another after such intimate relations were established. 

This was a recurrence of the fallacious notion that there was 

something inherently indecent in sexual things. I am in hopes 

that other ideas are replacing this wrong one, in the minds of 

the younger generation, as the result of the saner and franker 

discussion of sex. By a great effort, I had practically stopped 

masturbating. At times I felt almost maddened by desire. But 

never did the prospect of marriage seem desirable from this point 

of view. Up to the very day of our wedding my affection for my 

betrothed seemed free from sexual desire. But my physical being 

was craving sexual companionship. 

 

"Theoretically I knew a great deal of the nature of intercourse. 

Practically I was absolutely ignorant. In some ways I was better 

informed, on matters that a new husband should know, than the 

average man entering the married life. A physician's library had 

been at my disposal, and I had read somewhat extensively on 

physiology and hygiene. My chosen lines of study had given me a 


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