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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

 

 

 

 

"Correspondingly, then, and within the consciousness of the 

mother, there develops a new little minor consciousness which, 

although but lightly integrated with the mass of her 

consciousness, nevertheless has its part in her consciousness 

taken as a whole, much as the psychic correspondents of the 

action of the nerve which govern the secretions of the glands of 

the body have their part in her consciousness taken as a whole. 

 

"It is very much as if the optic ganglia developed fully in 

themselves, without any closer connection with the rest of the 

brain than existed at their first appearance. They would form a 

little complex nervous system almost but not quite apart from the 

brain system; and it would be difficult to deny them a 

consciousness of their own; which would indeed form part of the 

whole consciousness of the individual, but which would be in a 

manner self-dependent." It must, if this is so, be said that 

before birth, on the psychic side, the embryo's activities "form 

part of a complex consciousness which is that of the mother and 

embryo together." "Without subscribing to the strange stories of 

telepathy, of the solemn apparition of a person somewhere at the 

moment of his death a thousand miles away, of the unquiet ghost 

haunting the scenes of its bygone hopes and endeavors, one may 

ask" (with the author of the address in medicine at the Leicester 

gathering of the British Medical Association, _British Medical 

Journal_, July 29, 1905) "whether two brains cannot be so tuned 

in sympathy as to transmit and receive a subtile transfusion of 

mind without mediation of sense. Considering what is implied by 

the human brain with its countless millions of cells, its 

complexities of minute structure, its innumerable chemical 

compositions, and the condensed forces in its microscopic and 

ultramicroscopic elements--the whole a sort of microcosm of 

cosmic forces to which no conceivable compound of electric 

batteries is comparable; considering, again, that from an 

electric station waves of energy radiate through the viewless air 

to be caught up by a fit receiver a thousand miles distant, it is 

not inconceivable that the human brain may send off still more 

subtile waves to be accepted and interpreted by the fitly tuned 

receiving brain. Is it, after all, mere fancy that a mental 

atmosphere or effluence emanates from one person to affect 

another, either soothing sympathetically or irritating 

antipathically?" These remarks (like Dr. Marshall's) were made 

without reference to maternal impressions, but it may be pointed 

out that under no conceivable circumstance could we find a brain 

in so virginal and receptive a state as is the child's in the 

womb. 

 

On the whole we see that pregnancy induces a psychic state which is at 

once, in healthy persons, one of full development and vigor, and at the 

same time one which, especially in individuals who are slightly abnormal, 

is apt to involve a state of strained or overstrained nervous tension and 

to evoke various manifestations which are in many respects still 

imperfectly understood. Even the specifically sexual emotions tend to be 


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