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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

they are some way or other sexually depraved."[396] Forel, who devotes a 

chapter of his book _Die Sexuelle Frage_, to the subject, argues that the 

strongest feelings of religious emotion are often unconsciously rooted in 

erotic emotion or represent a transformation of such emotion; and, in an 

interesting discussion (Ch. VI) of this question in his _Sexualleben 

unserer Zeit_, Bloch states that "in a certain sense we may describe the 

history of religions as the history of a special manifestation of the 

human sexual instinct." Ball, Brouardel, Morselli, Vallon and Marie,[397] 

C.H. Hughes,[398] to mention but a few names among many, have emphasized 

the same point.[399] Krafft-Ebing deals briefly with the connection 

between holiness and the sexual emotion, and the special liability of the 

saints to sexual temptations; he thus states his own conclusions: 

"Religious and sexual emotional states at the height of their development 

exhibit a harmony in quantity and quality of excitement, and can thus in 

certain circumstances act vicariously. Both," he adds, "can be converted 

into cruelty under pathological conditions."[400] 

 

After quoting these opinions it is, perhaps, not unnecessary to point out 

that, while sexual emotion constitutes the main reservoir of energy on 

which religion can draw, it is far from constituting either the whole 

content of religion or its root. Murisier, in an able study of the 

psychology of religious ecstasy, justly protests against too crude an 

explanation of its nature, though at the same time he admits that "the 

passion of the religious ecstatic lacks nothing of what goes to make up 

sexual love, not even jealousy."[401] 

 

Serieux, in his little work, _Recherches Cliniques sur les Anomalies de 

l'Instinct Sexuel_, valuable on account of its instructive cases, records 

in detail a case which so admirably illustrates this phase of auto-erotism 

on the borderland between ordinary erotic day-dreaming and religious 

mysticism, the phenomena for a time reaching an insane degree of 

intensity, that I summarize it. "Therese M., aged 24, shows physical 

stigmata of degeneration. The heredity is also bad; the father is a man of 

reckless and irregular conduct; the mother was at one time in a lunatic 

asylum. The patient was brought up in an orphanage, and was a troublesome, 

volatile child; she treated household occupations with contempt, but was 

fond of study. Even at an early age her lively imagination attracted 

attention, and the pleasure which she took in building castles in the air. 

From the age of seven to ten she masturbated. At her first communion she 

felt that Jesus would for ever be the one master of her heart. At 

thirteen, after the death of her mother, she seemed to see her, and to 

hear her say that she was watching over her child. Shortly afterward she 

was overwhelmed by a new grief, the death of a teacher for whom she 

cherished great affection on account of her pure character. On the 

following day she seemed to see and hear this teacher, and would not leave 

the house where the body lay. Tendencies to melancholy appeared. Saddened 

by the funeral ceremonies, exhorted by nuns, fed on mystic revery, she 

passed from the orphanage to a convent. She devoted herself solely to the 

worship of Jesus; to be like Jesus, to be near Jesus, became her constant 

pre-occupations. The Virgin's name was rarely seen in her writings, God's 

name never. 'I wanted', she said, 'to love Jesus more than any of the nuns 


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