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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

admirably describes how his own solitary, timid, and imaginative life 

found its chief sexual satisfaction in masturbation.[342] Gogol, the 

great Russian novelist, masturbated to excess, and it has been suggested 

that the dreamy melancholy thus induced was a factor in his success as a 

novelist. Goethe, it has been asserted, at one time masturbated to excess; 

I am not certain on what authority the statement is made, probably on a 

passage in the seventh book of _Dichtung und Wahrheit_, in which, 

describing his student-life at Leipzig, and his loss of Aennchen owing to 

his neglect of her, he tells how he revenged that neglect on his own 

physical nature by foolish practices from which he thinks he suffered for 

a considerable period.[343] The great Scandinavian philosopher, Soeren 

Kierkegaard, suffered severely, according to Rasmussen, from excessive 

masturbation. That, at the present day, eminence in art, literature, and 

other fields may be combined with the excessive practice of masturbation 

is a fact of which I have unquestionable evidence. 

 

I have the detailed history of a man of 30, of high ability in a 

scientific direction, who, except during periods of mental 

strain, has practiced masturbation nightly (though seldom more 

than once a night) from early childhood, without any traceable 

evil results, so far as his general health and energy are 

concerned. In another case, a schoolteacher, age 30, a hard 

worker and accomplished musician, has masturbated every night, 

sometimes more than once a night, ever since he was at school, 

without, so far as he knows, any bad results; he has never had 

connection with a woman, and seldom touches wine or tobacco. 

Curschmann knew a young and able author who, from the age of 11 

had masturbated excessively, but who retained physical and mental 

freshness. It would be very easy to refer to other examples, and 

I may remark that, as regards the histories recorded in various 

volumes of these _Studies_, a notable proportion of those in 

which excessive masturbation is admitted, are of persons of 

eminent and recognized ability. 

 

It is often possible to trace the precise mechanism of the relationship 

between auto-erotic excitement and intellectual activity. Brown-Sequard, 

in old age, considered that to induce a certain amount of sexual 

excitement, not proceeding to emission, was an aid to mental work. Raymond 

and Janet knew a man considering himself a poet, who, in order to attain 

the excitation necessary to compose his ideal verses, would write with one 

hand while with the other he caressed his penis, though not to the extent 

of producing ejaculation.[344] We must not believe, however, that this is 

by any means the method of workers who deserve to be accepted seriously; 

it would be felt, to say the least, as unworthy. It is indeed a method 

that would only appeal to a person of feeble or failing mental power. What 

more usually happens is that the auto-erotic excitement develops, _pari 

passu_ and spontaneously, with the mental activity and at the climax of 

the latter the auto-erotic excitement also culminates, almost or even 

quite spontaneously, in an explosion of detumescence which relieves the 

mental tension. I am acquainted with such cases in both young men and 

women of intellectual ability, and they probably occur much more 

frequently than we usually suspect. 


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