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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

 

 

 

The diagnostic value of sexual dreams, as an indication of the 

sexual nature of the subject when awake, has been emphasized by 

various writers. (E.g., Moll, _Die Kontraere Sexualempfindung_, 

Ch. IX; Naecke, "Der Traum als feinstes Reagens fuer die Art des 

sexuellen Empfindens," _Monatsschrift fuer Kriminalpsychologie_, 

1905, p. 500.) Sexual dreams tend to reproduce, and even to 

accentuate, those characteristics which make the strongest sexual 

appeal to the subject when awake. 

 

At the same time, this general statement has to be qualified, 

more especially as regards inverted dreams. In the first place, a 

young man, however normal, who is not familiar with the feminine 

body when awake, is not likely to see it when asleep, even in 

dreams of women; in the second place, the confusions and 

combinations of dream imagery often tend to obliterate sexual 

distinctions, however free from perversions the subjects may be. 

Thus, a correspondent tells me of a healthy man, of very pure 

character, totally inexperienced in sexual matters, and never 

having seen a woman naked, who, in his sexual dreams, always sees 

the woman with male organs, though he has never had any sexual 

inclinations for men, and is much in love with a lady. The 

confusions and associations of dream imagery, leading to abnormal 

combinations, may be illustrated by a dream which once occurred 

to me after reading Joest's account of how a young negress, whose 

tattoo-marks he was sketching, having become bored, suddenly 

pressed her hands to her breasts, spirting two streams of 

lukewarm milk into his face, and ran away laughing; I dreamed of 

a woman performing a similar action, not from her breasts, 

however, but from a penis with which she was furnished. Again, by 

another kind of confusion, a man dreams sexually that he is with 

a man, although the figure of the partner revealed in the dream 

is a woman. The following dream, in a normal man who had never 

been, or wished to be, in the position shown by the dream, may be 

quoted: "I dreamed that I was a big boy, and that a younger boy 

lay close beside me, and that we (or, certainly, he) had seminal 

emissions; I was complacently passive, and had a feeling of shame 

when the boy was discovered. On awaking I found I had had no 

emission, but was lying very close to my wife. The day before, I 

had seen boys in a swimming-match." This was, it seems to me, an 

example of dream confusion, and not an erotic inverted dream. 

(Naecke also brings forward inverted dreams by normal persons; see 

e.g. his "Beitraege zu den sexuellen Traeumen," _Archiv fuer 

Kriminal-Anthropologie_, Bd. XX, 1908, p. 366.) 

 

So far as I have been able to ascertain, there seem to be, generally 

speaking, certain differences in the manifestations of auto-erotism during 

sleep in men and women which I believe to be not without psychological 

significance. In men the phenomenon is fairly simple; it usually appears 

about puberty continues at intervals of varying duration during sexual 

life provided the individual is living chastely, and is generally, though 

not always, accompanied by erotic dreams which lead up to the climax, its 

occurrence being, to some extent, influenced by a variety of 

circumstances: physical, mental, or emotional excitement, alcohol taken 

before retiring, position in bed (as lying on the back), the state of the 


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