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Bergler, E. (1935). Some Special Varieties of Ejaculatory Disturbance not Hitherto Described. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 16:84-95.

(1935). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 16:84-95

Some Special Varieties of Ejaculatory Disturbance not Hitherto Described

Edmund Bergler

Psycho-analytical literature contains accounts of the following direct and indirect forms of ejaculatory disturbance: ejaculatio præcox, ejaculatio retardata, spermatorrhoea, prostatorrhoea and orgastic impotence. But there is only cursory mention of the symptom of total absence of ejaculation.

I propose in this paper to deal with a specific form of ejaculatio retardata, which I shall call 'anonymous coitus' and, further, to differentiate two forms of total absence of ejaculation, the one urethrally and the other orally determined. In conclusion, I shall shew how a particular symptom, namely, intolerance of the postponement of sexual intercourse, is essentially the result of a defence against unconscious enuresis-wishes.


The symptom of ejaculatio retardata has been frequently described and is one of the typical symptoms of obsessional neurosis; anal pleasure in retention is here combined with sadistic pleasure in hurting the object, i.e. the man derives pleasure from the idea that, by prolonging the act of coitus, he may in some way be injuring or enfeebling the woman.

We know, too, that persons suffering from pregenital fixations or regression can achieve erection and ejaculation only by the aid of pregenital phantasies, which, however, interfere with the normal process of coitus.

I would draw attention to two special cases of ejaculatio retardata: the one normal and the other neurotic.

We know that many normal men and women indulge, during coitus, in sexual imaginings, in which a phantasied object takes the place of the real one. For extreme cases of such a process Ferenczi coined the term: 'onanistic coitus'. It has since been held, quite erroneously, that all phantasy during coitus is neurotic. On the contrary, these imaginings are to be regarded as normal unless they are of an obsessional character.

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