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Unformatted text preview: it stimulates, inhibits and regulates these organs, and
also that it records their activities. We are commencing to believe that this system is fully as important, in
mental life, as the brain. See Langley, Schaeffer, Higier, etc.
 This is especially true of the menopause in women, and often enough of each menstrual period. That there
is a climacteric in men is not so clear, but something corresponding to it occurs, at least in the case of some
In addition, these activities, which are so all-important, determine the basic conduct by arousing the basic
appetites and desires of the individual. It is the change in the gastro-intestinal tract and in the tissues of the
body that starts up the hunger feeling and the impulses which prompt men to seek food; in other words, this
type of coenaesthesia has set going all the physical and mental activities relating to food; it is the basic
impulse behind agriculture and stock raising, as well as energizing work activities of all kinds. It is the tension
in the seminal vessels of the male that wakes up his passion, if it is not the sole source of that passion. Sex
desire in the adult male has many elements in it, not pertinent at present, but the coenaesthetic influence of the
physical structures is its starting point. In men as well as women there is a cycle of desire, with height due to
physical tension and abyss following the discharge or disappearance of tension, that profoundly influences life
and conduct. Here the sympathetic nervous system and the internal secretion of the genital glands awaken into
sexual activity brain, spinal cord and muscles, so that the individual seeks a mate, plunges into marriage and
directs his conduct, conscious of taste and desire, but largely unconscious of the physical condition that is
impelling him on. In this sense the subconscious activities dominate in life, because the functions of nutrition
and reproduction are largely unconscious in their origin, but there is no organized, plotting subconsciousness
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