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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

invite, and secure the approach of the other sex, whether she 

will or not, to the end that Nature's imperious demand for 

reproduction shall be obeyed." 

 

This perhaps rather fantastic description is not a presentation of 

hysteria in the technical sense, but we may admit that it presents a state 

which, if not the real physiological counterpart of the hysterical 

convulsion, is yet distinctly analogous to the latter. The sexual orgasm 

has this correspondence with the hysterical fit, that they both serve to 

discharge the nervous centres and relieve emotional tension. It may even 

happen, especially in the less severe forms of hysteria, that the sexual 

orgasm takes place during the hysterical fit; this was found by Rosenthal, 

of Vienna, to be always the case in the semiconscious paroxysms of a young 

girl whose condition was easily cured;[286] no doubt such cases would be 

more frequently found if they were sought for. In severe forms of 

hysteria, however, it frequently happens, as so many observers have noted, 

that normal sexual excitement has ceased to give satisfaction, has become 

painful, perverted, paradoxical. Freud has enabled us to see how a shock 

to the sexual emotions, injuring the emotional life at its source, can 

scarcely fail sometimes to produce such a result. But the necessity for 

nervous explosion still persists.[287] It may, indeed, persist, even in an 

abnormally strong degree, in consequence of the inhibition of normal 

activities generally. The convulsive fit is the only form of relief open 

to the tension. "A lady whom I long attended," remarks Ashwell, "always 

rejoiced when the fit was over, since it relieved her system generally, 

and especially her brain, from painful irritation which had existed for 

several previous days." That the fit mostly fails to give real 

satisfaction, and that it fails to cure the disease, is due to the fact 

that it is a morbid form of relief. The same character of hysteria is 

seen, with more satisfactory results for the most part, in the influence 

of external nervous shock. It was the misunderstood influence of such 

shocks in removing hysteria which in former times led to the refusal to 

regard hysteria as a serious disease. During the Rebellion of 1745-46 in 

Scotland, Cullen remarks that there was little hysteria. The same was true 

of the French Revolution and of the Irish Rebellion, while Rush (in a 

study _On the Influence of the American Revolution on the Human Body_) 

observed that many hysterical women were "restored to perfect health by 

the events of the time." In such cases the emotional tension is given an 

opportunity of explosion in new and impersonal channels, and the chain of 

morbid personal emotions is broken. 

 

It has been urged by some that the fact that the sexual orgasm usually 

fails to remove the disorder in true hysteria excludes a sexual factor of 

hysteria. It is really, one may point out, an argument in favor of such an 

element as one of the factors of hysteria. If there were no initial lesion 

of the sexual emotions, if the natural healthy sexual channel still 

remained free for the passage of the emotional overflow, then we should 

expect that it would much oftener come into play in the removal of 

hysteria. In the more healthy, merely hysteroid condition, the psychic 

sexual organism is not injured, and still responds normally, removing the 

abnormal symptoms when allowed to do so. It is the confusion between this 


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