21-12-1914 Freud to Abraham

* Vienna IX, Bergasse 19


Cher ami,

I venture a paradox, telling you that your letters are always pleasant, even when they bring, like

last, of unpleasant news. I hope you're back on your feet, as are sick of my family.

You are right, I need someone who gives me courage. He did not remain much. I appreciate your letter all the qualities by which we impose our allies and, above all, personal qualities, your " Courage Casimiro! ». I sometimes shudder at the prospect of a meal. If you can really arrange to visit me, 'll find a great service to my moral, and we will also have ample opportunity to discuss. Your proposals for journals to be discussed by the parties, when one of the editors will be delivered. We do not want to cut the grass under the feet of person.

The only thing that advance satisfactorily's my job, that, in fact, leads me, d'interruption an inter-ruption, to new and quite remarkable clarification. Recently, I managed to characterize the two systems of conscious (Cs) and unconscious (Ics) in a way that makes them both almost tangible, and by means of which one can solve, I believe, quite simply the problem of the relationship of early dementia to reality. All investments are things the system Ics, the system Cs. corresponds to the linking of these unconscious representations with representations of words that make possible the access to consciousness. In the transference neuroses, the discharge is in the withdrawal of the libido system Cs., that is to say, in the separation of representations of things and representations of words; in the narcissistic neuroses, it consists in the withdrawal of the libido unconscious representations of things, which is, of course, much deeper disorder. This is why early dementia begins by transforming the language and processes across representations of words in the same way as hysteria treats representations of things, that is to say, it causes them to undergo condensation with the primary process, displacement and discharge, etc.

It could be that I finished a theory of neurosis with chapters on their vicissitudes, repression and the unconscious, if my hard work does not succumb to my annoyance.

Reik presented again a very good job of puberty rites (1).

A letter is now 7 days ahead of Hamburg! How is it that you can write letters already closed? We ignore such progress toward freedom.

Here, Trigant Burrow(2) told me with great tenderness of his affliction to the miseries 0f my country, and he seriously proposed to seek asylum in his house at Baltimore! That's what they think of us in America.

I do not know if I have already pointed out that Rank has found a solution to the problem of very pungent Homer(3). I'd like to do it in his thesis. I'd like to see, and you and Ferenczi, Chairholders, so that the teachings of psychoanalysis pass unhindered through the difficult times that lie ahead.

Receive with your wife and children cordial greetings

Your Freud.

(1) "The puberty rites of savages. On some correspondences between the psychic life of savages and neurotics that ", Image, t. IV, 1915- 1916.

(2). Trigant Burrow, MD, American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst.

(3). “Homer; psychological contributions to the history of the genesis of the popular epic”, Image, In, 1917-1919.

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