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PREFACE
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-1.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-2.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.4
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-3.5
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-4.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.1
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.2
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-5.3
EROTIC SYMBOLISM-6
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-1.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.3
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-2.4
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-3.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.1
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.2
THE MECHANISM OF DETUMESCENCE-4.3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-1
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-2
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-3
THE PSYCHIC STATE IN PREGNANCY-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-1.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-2.2
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-3-4
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.1
HISTORIES OF SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT HISTORY-5.2
INDEX OF AUTHORS

meaningless, and as such, as an inexplicable act of madness, it has 

frequently been treated both by writers on insanity and on sexual 

perversion. "These acts are so lacking in common sense and intelligent 

reflection that no other reason than insanity can be offered for the 

patient," Ball concluded.[55] Moll, also, who defines exhibitionism 

somewhat too narrowly as a condition in which "the charm of the exhibition 

lies for the subject in the display itself," not sufficiently taking into 

consideration the imagined effect on the spectator, concludes that "the 

psychological basis of exhibitionism is at present by no means cleared 

up."[56] 

 

We may probably best approach exhibitionism by regarding it as 

fundamentally a symbolic act based on a perversion of courtship. The 

exhibitionist displays the organ of sex to a feminine witness, and in the 

shock of modest sexual shame by which she reacts to that spectacle, he 

finds a gratifying similitude of the normal emotions of coitus.[57] He 

feels that he has effected a psychic defloration. 

 

Exhibitionism is thus analogous, and, indeed, related, to the 

impulse felt by many persons to perform indecorous acts or tell 

indecent stories before young and innocent persons of the 

opposite sex. This is a kind of psychic exhibitionism, the 

gratification it causes lying exactly, as in physical 

exhibitionism, in the emotional confusion which it is felt to 

arouse. The two kinds of exhibitionism may be combined in the 

same person: Thus, in a case reported by Hoche (p. 97), the 

exhibitionist an intellectual and highly educated man, with a 

doctor's degree, also found pleasure in sending indecent poems 

and pictures to women, whom, however, he made no attempt to 

seduce; he was content with the thought of the emotions he 

aroused or believed that he aroused. 

 

It is possible that within this group should come the agent in 

the following incident which was lately observed by a lady, a 

friend of my own. An elderly man in an overcoat was seen standing 

outside a large and well-known draper's shop in the outskirts of 

London; when able to attract the attention of any of the 

shop-girls or of any girl in the street he would fling back his 

coat and reveal that he was wearing over his own clothes a 

woman's chemise (or possibly bodice) and a woman's drawers; there 

was no exposure. The only intelligible explanation of this action 

would seem to be that pleasure was experienced in the mild shock 

of interested surprise and injured modesty which this vision was 

imagined to cause to a young girl. It would thus be a 

comparatively innocent form of psychic defloration. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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