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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

masturbation in women becomes an overmastering passion, so far as 

organic effects are concerned it is usually harmless, its effects 

being primarily psychic, and he attaches especial significance to 

it as a cause of sexual anaesthesia in normal coitus, being, 

perhaps, the most frequent cause of such anaesthesia. He devotes 

an important chapter to this matter, and brings forward numerous 

cases in illustration (Adler, _Die Mangelhafte 

Geschlechtsempfindung des Weibes_, pp. 93-119, also 21-23). Adler 

considers that the frequency of masturbation in women is largely 

due to the fact that women experience greater difficulties than 

men in obtaining sexual satisfaction, and so are impelled by 

unsatisfying coitus to continue masturbation after marriage. He 

adds that partly from natural shyness, partly from shame of 

acknowledging what is commonly accounted a sin, and partly from 

the fear of seeming disgusting or unworthy of sympathy in the 

doctor's eyes, women are usually silent on this matter, and very 

great tact and patience may be necessary before a confession is 

obtained. 

 

On the psychic side, no doubt, the most frequent and the most 

characteristic result of persistent and excessive masturbation is a morbid 

heightening of self-consciousness without any co-ordinated heightening of 

self-esteem.[340] The man or woman who is kissed by a desirable and 

desired person of the opposite sex feels a satisfying sense of pride and 

elation, which must always be absent from the manifestations of 

auto-erotic activity.[341] This must be so, even apart from the 

masturbator's consciousness of the general social attitude toward his 

practices and his dread of detection, for that may also exist as regards 

normal coitus without any corresponding psychic effects. The masturbator, 

if his practice is habitual, is thus compelled to cultivate an artificial 

consciousness of self-esteem, and may show a tendency to mental arrogance. 

Self-righteousness and religiosity constitute, as it were, a protection 

against the tendency to remorse. A morbid mental soil is, of course, 

required for the full development of these characteristics. The habitual 

male masturbator, it must be remembered, is often a shy and solitary 

person; individuals of this temperament are especially predisposed to 

excesses in all the manifestations of auto-erotism, while the yielding to 

such tendencies increases the reserve and the horror of society, at the 

same time producing a certain suspicion of others. In some extreme cases 

there is, no doubt, as Kraepelin believes, some decrease of psychic 

capacity, an inability to grasp and co-ordinate external impressions, 

weakness of memory, deadening of emotions, or else the general phenomena 

of increased irritability, leading on to neurasthenia. 


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