23-03-1914 Ferenczi to Freud

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Budapest, the 23 March 1914

Dear Professor,

Hurriedly, only this : I need your explanation yesterday (1) the "masculine protest", the outcome of a strength than a year and a half, and from the first day. The patient (engineer) always shuddered with horror at the idea, especially, tearing and fraying pieces of meat. (Whenever, I interpreted it correctly as castration anxiety.) Today, inter alia, following associations: (1) half broken tooth, terribly painful. (2) Three iron bars attached by rings and broken in two. (3) A cooked sausage. When I told him he was sorry for his penis, that is to say, for his manhood, he should sacrifice my love if he wanted to meet me as a woman, resistance is suddenly undone, he stopped and began to rail against working properly (2).

Yesterday already, the enormous importance of knowledge about the true nature of the masculine protest I immediately jumped out at me. I think I would never have found this myself, because of my own unconscious complexes similar.

I am pleased to send you this confirmation so quickly.


Ferenczi your

(1) Lords of the visit of Ferenczi, Sunday 22 March.

(2) This train of thought has played a major role in the analysis of the "Wolf Man" by Freud, From the history of an infantile neurosis (1918/» [1914]) Five in psychoanalysis, pp. 325- 420, whose analysis, started in 1910, just drew to an end. For example : "It would thus seem that in this dream, he was identified with the castrated mother and was then discussed against this identification. ” If you want to be sexually satisfied by the father would he say about, ” you have to admit it, like your mother, the castration. But I do not want!” Brief, an obvious protest masculinity! », ibid., p. 358. See also p. 392 : "The child uttered the assertion that, during coitus of the primal scene, he observed the disappearance of the penis, he, therefore, pitied his father and had rejoiced in seeing what he believed to reappear lost. »

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