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GENERAL PREFACE
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-1.6
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.1
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.2
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.4
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-2.5
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-3
THE EVOLUTION OF MODESTY-4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-1.2
FOOTNOTES
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-2.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.1
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.2
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.3
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.4
THE PHENOMENA OF SEXUAL PERIODICITY-3.5
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-1.6
FOOTNOTES
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-2.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.1
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.2
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.3
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.4
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.5
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.6
AUTO-EROTISM: A STUDY OF THE SPONTANEOUS MANIFESTATIONS OF THE SEXUAL IMPULSE-3.7
FOOTNOTES
APPENDIX A-1.1
APPENDIX A-1.2
APPENDIX B-1.1
APPENDIX B-1.2
APPENDIX C-1.1
APPENDIX C-1.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

 

To the early Protestant mind, as illustrated by Luther, there was 

something diseased, though not impure, in sexual excitement during sleep; 

thus, in his _Table Talk_ Luther remarks that girls who have such dreams 

should be married at once, "taking the medicine which God has given." It 

is only of comparatively recent years that medical science has obtained 

currency for the belief that this auto-erotic process is entirely normal. 

Blumenbach stated that nocturnal emissions are normal.[234] Sir James 

Paget declared that he had never known celibate men who had not such 

emissions from once or twice a week to twice every three months, both 

extremes being within the limits of good health, while Sir Lauder Brunton 

considers once a fortnight or once a month about the usual frequency, at 

these periods the emissions often following two nights in succession. 

Rohleder believes that they may normally follow for several nights in 

succession. Hammond considers that they occur about once a fortnight.[235] 

Ribbing regards ten to fourteen days as the normal interval.[236] 

Loewenfeld puts the normal frequency at about once a week;[237] this seems 

to be nearer the truth as regards most fairly healthy young men. In proof 

of this it is only necessary to refer to the exact records of healthy 

young adults summarized in the study of periodicity in the present volume. 

It occasionally happens, however, that nocturnal emissions are entirely 

absent. I am acquainted with some cases. In other fairly healthy young men 

they seldom occur except at times of intellectual activity or of anxiety 

and worry. 

 

Lately there has been some tendency for medical opinion to revert 

to the view of Luther, and to regard sexual excitement during 

sleep as a somewhat unhealthy phenomenon. Moll is a distinguished 

advocate of this view. Sexual excitement during sleep is the 

normal result of celibacy, but it is another thing to say that it 

is, on that account, satisfactory. We might, then, Moll remarks, 

maintain that nocturnal incontinence of urine is satisfactory, 

since the bladder is thus emptied. Yet, we take every precaution 

against this by insisting that the bladder shall be emptied 

before going to sleep. (_Libido Sexualis_, Bd. I, p. 552.) This 

remark is supported by the fact, to which I find that both men 

and women can bear witness, that sexual excitement during sleep 

is more fatiguing than in the waking state, though this is not an 

invariable rule, and it is sometimes found to be refreshing. In 

a similar way, Eulenburg (_Sexuale Neuropathie_, p. 55) states 

that nocturnal emissions are no more normal than coughing or 

vomiting. 

 

Nocturnal emissions are usually, though not invariably, accompanied by 

dreams of a voluptuous character in which the dreamer becomes conscious in 

a more or less fantastic manner of the more or less intimate presence or 

contact of a person of the opposite sex. It would seem, as a general rule, 

that the more vivid and voluptuous the dream, the greater is the physical 

excitement and the greater also the relief experienced on awakening. 

Sometimes the erotic dream occurs without any emission, and not 

infrequently the emission takes place after the dreamer has awakened. 

 

 

The widest and most comprehensive investigation of erotic dreams 

is that carried out by Gualino, in northern Italy, and based on 

inquiries among 100 normal men--doctors, teachers, lawyers, 


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