23-07-1914 Ferenczi to Freud

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INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MEDICAL PSYCHOANALYSIS Edited by Professor Dr Sigm. Freud editors : Dr. S. Ferenczi, Budapest, VII. Elisabethring 54/ Dr. Otto Rank, Vienna IX / 4, Simondenkgasse 8 Verlag Hugo Heller & C °, Vienna, I. Farmers Market N ° 3

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Budapest, the 23 July 1914

Dear Professor,

Immediately after sending the letter to which you responded so quickly, I had my own doubts about the correctness of my judgment about your emotional life, and I found several signs that spoke in favor of the fact that my judgment on this point could be disrupted by subjective factors. Your letter has only strengthen me in this direction. I admit that I might have overestimated the importance of Jung in your emotional life, as himself, and believe you me, I'm not very proud of this symptom identification unconscious Jung. Otherwise, I am sure of one thing : never my judgment will be influenced by the unconscious father-complex point me away from the land of psychoanalysis, even if not as a. That my complex can produce at most, this inhibition is at work ; they will never be able to achieve positive things (as to rebel or to buy his own gun [1]). That "I attack things differently from you" and you can not track my work projects effortlessly, I know that as long ; This is the second source which follows my inability to work ; one effet, my reason tells me that the proper way to tackle things that is exactly how you do it, you. Yet, I can not prevent my imagination to go his own way (circuitous route, perhaps ?). The result is : a wealth of ideas that are never enactments. If I had the courage to write simply my ideas and experiences - without worrying about your methods and direction of your work -, I'd be a prolific writer and, fina-ing, countless meeting points still appear in my results and yours. Up to now, at least, this was always the case ; I found your work in many of my own ideas (it is true, ordered more wisely). The best among you is the enemy of good home !

I hope you will put me in a position to control these things through psychoanalysis. Meantime, I will stand somehow.

I just flip through the book and Régis Hesnard (The Psycho-Analysis, librairie F. Alcan)(2) that, also, already takes into account the schism Jung. Aside from its objectivity (apparent), which manifests itself in an honest reproduction of the contents of your work, this book is no less insolent in its judgments that German critics ; is added to the ridiculous vanity of the French back all that is essential in your doctrine. - The true French psychoanalyst is not yet come.

The 30 July, I go in the Tatras, where I want to stay two or three days, and make small excursions. Then, en route to London, without stopping. I hope to give you, de là-bas, good news Annerl.

Cordial greetings to you and your wife, of

Ferenczi your

1. T see. I, 357 Iron and notes 3.


(2) The first book on psychoanalysis published in France, by Emmanuel Régis (1855-1918), Professor at the Clinic of mental illness in Bordeaux, and his assistant, Angelo Louis Marie Hesnard (1886-1969) : Psychoanalysis neuroses and psychoses, .its medical and non-medical (Paris, librairie F. Alcan, 1914). Ferenczi made a critical analysis in "Psychoanalysis as seen by the psychiatric School Bordeaux", Psycha­nalyse, II, p. 209-231. See also Freud's reaction to Hesnard : "Dear and honored Colleague, my best thanks for your work (and the Regis) estimable and, I hope, rich in success, for which I have provided the material. Maybe you familiar- you also to the symbolism which can not be, unfortunately, no doubt. Yours Freud. » (Edith Félix-Hesnard, "The beginnings of psychoanalysis in France", Europe, Freud special issue, 539, March 1974, p. 73.)

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