25-11-1914 Freud to Ferenczi

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Prof.. Dr Freud

the 25 November 1914 Vienna, IX. Berggasse 19

Cher Ami,

Your photo starry, that just happened, precipitates the answer I owe you. First I want to blame you for thinking something as foolish as predicting Jung, on one occasion as inappropriate. You are much more deeply immersed in the occult that we think. If so, do you think that he is the war itself that the oracle was alluding ? If it continues and it kills me, in one way or another, but propre superstition, you know, on the figures, will still won the (1).

I have also sent the last corrections of the sexual theory which you learned some new insights 2. Since we parted, I was very active. In addition to the clinical history, strong in its one hundred and twelve sheets, something else is on the way, which do not yet speak. It still works when everything else was so completely rested his head. I will tell you only, on che-mins long routes, I finally found the solution to the riddle of time and space, and the mechanism for so long sought unbinding Since then the anguish, it is true, there is a certain laziness.

Rank most likely to escape review board and will then do its work on the epic ψα 4. Jones today sent a long letter via Emden, in which he brings in a lot of personal things and judge the outcome of the war with the narrowness of the English ; He also mentions, projects include work, the translation of your writing 5.

From Brill, there was a letter on his personal difficulties. It really behaves like the real dog in the manger * 6, he can do all the translations himself and does not delegate to anyone.

Mrs. Lou Salome mentioned today in a very intelligent writing7.

I hope to learn at the same time your promotion and your transfer, I cordially greet you and,

your Freud

* In French in the text.

  1. Freud's concern regarding the date of his death. "The date it was first settled the age of forty-one and forty-two years, and subsequently, with more intensity, fifty-one years. In 1899, this is the age of sixty-one and sixty-two years began to worry, and 1936 it was the age of eighty-one years and a half. " (Max Schur, Death in Freud's life, trad. Brigitte Bost, Paris, Gallimard, 1975, p. 199. See also Letter from Freud to Jung's 16 April 1909, Freud. / Jung, correspondence, The, Paris, Gallimard, 1975, p. 295-297.)
  2. The third edition contained essentially, over previous, three new parts : one of the infantile sexual curiosity (Freud, 1905d, p. 123-125), another on the developmental stages of the sexual organization, including by the establishment of an organization oral (on. cit., p. 127-132), a third of the libido theory, based primarily on Freud's article (1914c) dealing with narcissism (on. cit., p. 157-160). There are also the following enhancements : Freud's comments on the etiology of homosexuality (1905d, 2and aligns the note en bas de page, p. 50sq) and fetishism (footnote on page, p. 63) ; notes on the secondary nature of masochism (p. 69 sq.) ; the definition of impulse "as psychic representation of a source of stimulation endosomatic" (p. 83) ; the distinction between sublimation and reaction formation (footnote on page, p. 101) ; discussion of the general characteristics of the problem to recognize the signs of sexual child (p. 104) ; available constitutionally reinforced as essential a manifestation child sexual. It appears by propping one of the vital functions of the body (p. 106) ; equation "stools gift-child" (p. 112) ; discussion of the concepts of "masculine" and "feminine" (p. 161) ; discussion between anaclitic object choice and narcissistic object choice (p. 165-166) ; establishment of an "eco-logical series" (which later became "complementary series") about the relative effectiveness of constitutional factors and accidental factors (p. 191-192).
  3. Both issues have been previously addressed by Freud (the time and the space 1901a [The dream and its interpretation, trad. Helen Legros, Paris, Gallimard, coll. "Ideas", 1969, p. 64], that the unbinding of anxiety in 1895f ["A Critique of the anxiety neurosis"]) but in later times only (1920g) "Beyond the Pleasure Principle" (trad. S. Jankélévitch, Tests psychoanalysis, Paris, Payot, No PBP 15, p. 7-81 ; reference p. 34-35) and in (1926d) Inhibition, Symptoms and Anxiety (trad. Michel Tort, Paris, PUF, 1968). Jones thinks (Jones, II, p- 186) the problem of time and space refers to the design : "The first of these concepts [time] relates to the topography of the psyche, particularly those of the unconscious mind, while the second [espace] is not in the unconscious, but remains confined to the deeper layers of the psyche aware. "Around the same time, Freud characterized the systems conscious (Cs) and unconscious (Ics) as follows : "All investments are something System Ics, the system Cs is the linking of these unconscious representations with representations of words that make possible the access to consciousness. » (Freud to Abraham, 21 XII 1914, Cor-respondence, on. cit., p. 210.)
  4. Otto Rank : « Homer, Psychological contributions to the history of the folk epic, I » (Contributions psychological history of the genesis of the popular epic), Image, 1917, 5, p. 133-169 ; "Psychological contributions to the history of the folk epic, II », ibid., p. 372-393. Rank wanted to present this work to the aggregation (Freud to Abraham, letter 11 XII 1914, Correspondence, on. cit., p. 208-209).
  5. Letter from Jones to Freud, of 15 XI 1914 : «[…] obviously, Germany can not be truly overcome or defeat " (Correspondence, p. 197, English.) Translation of articles by Ferenczi Jones appeared under the title of Contributions to Psychoanalysis (Ferenczi, 1916 [186]) in R. G. Badger (Boston). New edition : First Contributions to Psychoanalysis, New York, Brunner-Mazel, 1980.
  6. Reference to a piece of Lope de Vega, The Gardener's Dog, where the dog jealously guards his bone without being able to derive any benefit from his possession. The translation rights for English and American works of Freud were a source of constant conflict between Brill and Jones (see eg Jones, II, p. 47-48).
  7. Letter 19 XI 1914 (Freud/Andreas-Salomé, Correspondence, Paris, Gallimard, 1970, p. 28-29).

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