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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

No doubt there has been a tendency to exaggerate the unpleasant character 

of the auto-erotic phenomena of hysteria. That tendency was an inevitable 

reaction against an earlier view, according to which hysteria was little 

more than an unconscious expression of the sexual emotions and as such was 

unscientifically dismissed without any careful investigation. I agree with 

Breuer and Freud that the sexual needs of the hysterical are just as 

individual and various as those of normal women, but that they suffer from 

them more, largely through a moral struggle with their own instincts, and 

the attempt to put them into the background of consciousness.[248] In many 

hysterical and psychically abnormal women, auto-erotic phenomena, and 

sexual phenomena generally, are highly pleasurable, though such persons 

may be quite innocent of any knowledge of the erotic character of the 

experience. I have come across interesting and extreme examples of this in 

the published experiences of the women followers of the American religious 

leader, T.L. Harris, founder of the "Brotherhood of the New Life." Thus, 

in a pamphlet entitled "Internal Respiration," by Respiro, a letter is 

quoted from a lady physician, who writes: "One morning I awoke with a 

strange new feeling in the womb, which lasted for a day or two; I was so 

very happy, but the joy was in my womb, not in my heart."[249] "At last," 

writes a lady quoted in the same pamphlet, "I fell into a slumber, lying 

on my back with arms and feet folded, a position I almost always find 

myself in when I awake, no matter in which position I may go to sleep. 

Very soon I awoke from this slumber with a most delightful sensation, 

every fibre tingling with an exquisite glow of warmth. I was lying on my 

left side (something I am never able to do), and was folded in the arms of 

my counterpart. Unless you have seen it, I cannot give you an idea of the 

beauty of his flesh, and with what joy I beheld and felt it. Think of it, 

luminous flesh; and Oh! such tints, you never could imagine without 

seeing. He folded me so closely in his arms," etc. In such cases there is 

no conflict between the physical and the psychic, and therefore the 

resulting excitement is pleasurable and not painful. 

 

At this point our study of auto-erotism brings us into the sphere of 

mysticism. Leuba, in a penetrating and suggestive essay on Christian 

mysticism, after quoting the present _Study_, refers to the famous 

passages in which St. Theresa describes how a beautiful little angel 

inserted a flame-tipped dart into her heart until it descended into her 

bowels and left her inflamed with divine love. "What physiological 

difference," he asks, "is there between this voluptuous sensation and that 

enjoyed by the disciple of the Brotherhood of New Life? St. Theresa says 

'bowels,' the woman doctor says 'womb,' that is all."[250] 

 

The extreme form of auto-erotism is the tendency for the sexual 

emotion to be absorbed and often entirely lost in 

self-admiration. This Narcissus-like tendency, of which the 

normal germ in women is symbolized by the mirror, is found in a 

minor degree in some men, and is sometimes well marked in women, 

usually in association with an attraction for other persons, to 

which attraction it is, of course, normally subservient. "The 

mirror," remarks Bloch (_Beitraege_ 1, p. 201), "plays an 

important part in the genesis of sexual aberration.... It cannot 

be doubted that many a boy and girl have first experienced sexual 


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