Burghölzli Zurich, 12. WE. 07.
In the pause since my last letter I have been very busy, so that I am now quite diminished. At the end of last week, Claparède 1, director of the laboratory of experimental psychology in Geneva, came to me to be introduced to the technique of association experience. Your teachings have firmly taken root among psychologists Geneva, even if everything is not yet digested. The following result of visiting Claparède me back, it is true, I mainly : C[laparède] now wants to publish
in Archives of Psychology a great presentation ENSEM-ble (2) all of my work. This would again cause a symptom that is running. Flournoy (3) also looks at the extraordinary thing. Next week I have to go for ten days in Paris and London. I will give this opportunity to visit Janet and I interviewerai about you.
You do me great pleasure naturally annotating my case, because there is only way I can see how you approach a case, what you see as important and how you abstrayez more general rules. I totally agree with you when you say that the cases are not sufficiently penetrated. Undoubtedly they are not. But in the dem. praec. we learn to be content with little.
It should complete the first case, that the transposition of the brother. The morning of the wedding of her brother she suddenly had the idea to jump over a large gap pipe, four meters deep and has made a distortion pedis.
Today I bring you the following case :
Woman of thirty-six. His father was a dark character, oppressed family. As the patient she sided with the mother, which he confided his grief. It thus became friends. The patient had a girlfriend outside his mother : a woman who was also unhappy in marriage. She had no fondness for men. A 28 years, for practical reasons, she married a younger man, which was also significantly less intellectually. Sexually it was absolutely and totally frigid desires. Gradually the mother idolized her daughter became old and feeble. The woman then said she could not abandon her mother did. Depression gradually increasing then appeared, neglect of his family, thoughts of suicide, etc. Internment. Now showing symptoms of mental decline in the level (4). Typical catatonic depression.
Your proposal for the establishment of a separate log refers to projects that I make as. I would like to nominate d'Archives for psychopathology, because I would like to have a place where I could drop, together, the work done in our laboratory. However, I would still think carefully for a while, because at the moment the chances of success with the public, which is generally prepared and negatively, still seem problematic. It takes more than I ever earned before the second volume of my Diagnostic Studies of association [Diagnostic Association Studies], before assuming new obligations. Meanwhile we must leave for the yeast.
My polyclinic is difficult. The analysis is uneducated in a hard case. I now have a person who can not drink anything in the world for the rest of his coffee cup if there is still a bit of bread crumbs at the bottom, otherwise it must vomit. "It tickles in the neck. "When she sees a corpse, she then spit continuously for several days. This symptom seems to have appeared at the time of the death of his mother. Can you advise me?
It is fun to see how women in the polyclinic to diagnose one another their complex erotic, while they do not recognize themselves. Among uneducated, the main obstacle seems to be terribly rude transfer.
Please accept my most cordial greetings and my thanks.
Your fully committed
1. Edouard Claparède (1873-1940), Swiss medical psychologist and educator, founder of the Institute Rousseau in Geneva 1912. Co-editor, with Th. Flournoy, of Archives of Psychology.
2. Never saw the day. Cf. 5g J, § 3.
3. Théodore Flournoy (1854-1920), Swiss psychiatrist. Influenced, as Claparède, by the thought of William James. Jung used the work of Flournoy, particularly the case for Frank Miller Morphoses and meta-symbols of libido, as well as his research on a medium, From India to the Planet Mars, Paris, 1900.
4. In French in the text. Or "low blood". The expression goes back to Janet, The Obsessions and psychasthenia, Paris 1903, and is frequently found in the writings of Jung in his last writings.