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Studies in the psychology of sex, volume 1

Now that I have at length reached the time for beginning
to publish my
results, these results scarcely seem to me large. As a
youth, I had hoped
to settle problems for those who came after; now I am
quietly content if I
do little more than state them. For even that, I now
think, is much; it is
at least the half of knowledge. In this particular field
the evil of
ignorance is magnified by our efforts to suppress that
which never can be
suppressed, though in the effort of suppression it may
become perverted. I
have at least tried to find out what are the facts,
among normal people as
well as among abnormal people; for, while it seems to me
that the
physician's training is necessary in order to ascertain
the facts, the
physician for the most part only obtains the abnormal
facts, which alone
bring little light. I have tried to get at the facts,
and, having got at
the facts, to look them simply and squarely in the face.
If I cannot
perhaps turn the lock myself, I bring the key which can
alone in the end
rightly open the door: the key of sincerity. That is my
one panacea:
I know that many of my friends, people on whose side I,
too, am to be
found, retort with another word: reticence. It is a
mistake, they say, to
try to uncover these things; leave the sexual instincts
alone, to grow up
and develop in the shy solitude they love, and they will
be sure to grow
up and develop wholesomely. But, as a matter of fact,
that is precisely
what we can not and will not ever allow them to do.
There are very few
middle-aged men and women who can clearly recall the