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CHAPTER-1-2
CHAPTER-3
CHAPTER-4-5-6-7
CHAPTER-8-9
CHAPTER-10-11
CHAPTER-12-13-14-15
CHAPTER-16-17
CHAPTER-18-19
CHAPTER-20-21-22
CHAPTER-23-24-25
CHAPTER-26-27-28
CHAPTER-29-30
CHAPTER-31.1
CHAPTER-31.2
CHAPTER-31.3
CHAPTER-32
CHAPTER-33
CHAPTER-34-35-36-37-38
CHAPTER-39-40-41-42
CHAPTER-43-44-45
CHAPTER-46-47
CHAPTER-48
CHAPTER-49-50
CHAPTER-51
CHAPTER-52-53
The Sex Life of the Gods. Michael Knerr. CHAPTER-1-2
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CHAPTER-9-10
CHAPTER-11-12
CHAPTER-13-14
CHAPTER-15-16
CHAPTER-17-18

that they will become unbalanced. Fear has a tremendous influence on 

the purely bodily functions, but its influence on the mental functions 

is incomparably greater, and a person will often get that which he 

fears he is going to get. 

 

Now the hereditary character of insanity is not taken in the same 

absolute sense in which it was formerly. While we still consider it a 

dysgenic factor, yet we recognize the paramount importance of 

environment; and we know that by proper bringing-up, using the 

expression bringing-up in its broadest sense--including a proper 

mental and physical discipline--any hereditary taint can be 

counteracted. In connection with this subject, the following very 

recent statistics will prove of interest. 

 

The families of 558 insane persons cared for in the London county 

asylums were investigated, and, according to reports received from 

the educational authorities, only 15 of these (less than 3 per cent) 

had mentally defective children. As to the time of the birth of the 

children, whether before or after the attack of the insanity, we find 

the following figures: 56 out of 573 parents had children after their 

first attack of insanity, and 106 children were born after the onset 

of insanity in the parent; while the remaining 1259 children were born 

before the parent became insane. 

 

Altogether, as will be seen from a discussion of the various factors 

rendering marriage permissible or nonpermissible, I am inclined to 

consider environment a more important factor than heredity. The purely 

physical characteristics bear the indelible impress of heredity. But 

the moral and cultural characteristics, which in the modern civilized 

man are much more important than the physical, are almost exclusively 

the results of environment. 

 

 

=Neuroses--Neurasthenia--Psychasthenia--Neuropathy--Psychopathy= 

 

I will not attempt either exhaustive or concise definitions of the 

terms named in the caption, for the simple reason that it is 

impossible to give satisfactory definitions of them. The conditions 

which these terms designate do not constitute definite disease-entities, 

and many different things are understood by different people when these 

terms are mentioned. Only brief indications of the meaning will be 

given. 

 

Neurosis is a functional disease of the nervous system. 

 

Neurasthenia is a condition of nervous exhaustion, brought about by 

various causes, such as overwork, worry, fright, sexual excesses, 

sexual abstinence, and so on. The basis of neurasthenia, however, is 

often or even generally a hereditary taint, a nervous weakness 

inherited from the parents. 

 

Psychasthenia is a neurosis or psychoneurosis similar to neurasthenia, 

characterized by an exhaustion of the nervous system, also by weakness 


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