08-01-1914 Ferenczi to Freud

446 Iron

Budapest, the 8 January 1914 A

Dear Professor

Since my nose job, I was pretty well. Here, I had a brief relapse respiratory, which have now disappeared, so that I can now hope to regain my normal working capacity, although we can not exclude the possibility that other repairs (smaller) on the nasal turbinates are necessary. It is possible that I am obliged to pass this Sunday or next to Vienna (and, and yet only, nose for stories).

I had a brief meeting with the members of the Association on

Jung's letter and we decided to propose Dresden. But I do not want to answer Jung after receiving your proposal on this, because we want to be in unison Vienna, Berlin and London.

Consultations increased, new patients also occur from time to time, which had not been the case for months.

For the Jahrbuch, I want to develop a theme that concerns me. However, symbolism does not lend itself – it is not yet ripe, as you rightly note. In reports to the Jahrbuch, I was given the general theory of the neuroses a good subject, but difficult.

Reading test on laughter Bergson was an opportunity for me to reflect on the general laughter. I think I found a supplement, significant, your point of view on laughter, developed in "Jokes" * 2.

Here is a similar complement your explanation of rescue fantasy (as compensation for the birth)3 : children who struggle with oedipal fantasy (aggression against the father, sex assault.[ow] sad.[ique] against the mother) feel inhibited in these fantasies by feelings of gratitude. To engage in more reckless Oedipal fantasy, it would eliminate the feeling of the world being-forced-to-the-gratitude by saving, also, the lives of his parents to be "even" with them (4).


Your Ferenczi

A. Place and date at the end of the letter.

* «Joke» : both wit, witticism, joke, joke.

  1. "Progress of the psychoanalytic theory of neurosis (1907-1913)», (1914, 148), Psycha­nalyse, II, pp. 152-162.
  2. See "Laughter" (Ferenczi, 300), Psychoanalysis, IV, pp. 203-206. : « (Changing the definition of Freud). The effect of the comic consists : 1) Laughter; 2) the moquerie (is secondary, a cultural product, Bergson). »
  3. The motif of rescue – the fantasy of saving the parents of a danger - was described by Freud as derived from the "parental complex" : "When the child hears he owes his life to his parents, her mother gave birth, motions tender unite him to motions struggling to make him a great man, an independent man, and give rise to the desire to return the gift to parents, to give them in exchange a gift of equal value ", Freud (19 lOh), "A special type of object choice in humans", in Sexual Life, pp. 47- 55, citation : pp. 53-54.
  4. "Everything happens as if, despite the boy meant : I do not need anything from my father, I want to give him everything that I have cost. He then formed the fantasy of saving the father of a danger to life, thereby fulfilling to him ", "On one particular type of object choice in humans", ibid., p. 54.

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