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Studies on the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5


STUDIES IN THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SEX, VOLUME V
Erotic Symbolism
The Mechanism of Detumescence
The Psychic State in Pregnancy
By HAVELOCK ELLIS
1927
PREFACE.
In this volume the terminal phenomena of the sexual
process are discussed,
before an attempt is finally made, in the concluding
volume, to consider
the bearings of the psychology of sex on that part of
morals which may be
called "social hygiene."
Under "Erotic Symbolism" I include practically all the
aberrations of the
sexual instinct, although some of these have seemed of
sufficient
importance for separate discussion in previous volumes.
It is highly
probable that many readers will consider that the name
scarcely suffices
to cover manifestations so numerous and so varied. The
term "sexual
equivalents" will seem preferable to some. While,
however, it may be fully
admitted that these perversions are "sexual
equivalents"--or at all events
equivalents of the normal sexual impulse--that term is
merely a
descriptive label which tells us nothing of the
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