The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi, by Sigmund Freud, Sándor Ferenczi

By Sigmund Freud, Sándor Ferenczi

quantity I of the three-volume Freud-Ferenczi correspondence closes with Freud's letter from Vienna, dated June 28, 1914, to his more youthful colleague in Budapest: "I am writing below the influence of the unbelievable homicide in Sarajevo, the results of which can't be foreseen!' "Now," he maintains in a extra standard vein, "to our affairs!" The nation-shattering occasions of worldwide struggle I shape a somber canvas for "our affairs" and the exchanges of the 2 correspondents in quantity 2 (July 1914 via December 1919). Uncertainty pervades those letters: Will Ferenczi be known as up? Will meals and fuel-and cigar-shortages proceed? Will Freud's 3 enlisted sons and son-in-law come throughout the conflict intact? and should Freud's "problem-child," psychoanalysis, live on?
whilst, a extra intimate drama is unfolding: Freud's three-part research of Ferenczi in 1914 and 1916 ("finished yet now not terminated"); Ferenczi's concomitant turmoil over no matter if to marry his mistress, Gizella Pálos, or her daughter, Elma; and the refraction of some of these relationships in always transferring triads and dyads. In those, as in different issues, either males demonstrate attribute contradictions and inconsistencies, Freud confined, Ferenczi extra effusive and revealing. Freud, for instance, unswervingly favors Ferenczi's marriage to Gizella and perspectives his indecision as "resistance"; but numerous years later, commenting on Otto Rank's spouse, Freud comments, "One definitely can't pass judgement on in those matters...on behalf of another." Ferenczi, for his half, reacts to the paternal authority of the "father of psychoanalysis" as an alternately obedient and rebellious son.

The letters vividly checklist the use--and misuse--of research and self-analysis and the shut interweaving of private concerns within the early background of psychoanalysis. Ferenczi's eventual war of words with Freud approximately "head and heart," target detachment as opposed to subjective involvement and engagement within the analytic relationship--an factor that will emerge extra essentially within the resulting years--is hinted at the following. because the decade and the amount finish, the correspondents proceed their literary dialog, blind to the painful and heartrending occasions forward.

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60 = Mk. - 1 Budapest, July 8, 1914 Dear Professor, In consequence of your telegram of today, I am arriving in Vienna Saturday evening and am staying in the Pension Washington. From there I will get in touch with you for further information regarding time and place of our meeting. Kind regards, Ferenczi I. Preprinted letterhead. July 19 14 2 487 July 13, 19 14 1 Villa Fasholt, 2 Schlossberg Freud 1. Picture postcard from Karlsbad, evidently without text but with Freud's signature only. The original is missing from both the photographs and the collection of the Austrian National Library in Vienna.

6. These were the last two of Freud's technical papers written between 1911 and 1915, which appeared in the Zeitschriit in November 1914 and January 1915: "Recollecting, Repeating, and Working Through (Further Recommendations on the Technique of Psycho-Analysis II)" (1914g), and "Observations on Transference-Love (Further Recommendations on the Technique of Psycho-Analysis III)" (191sa [1914]). 489 Karlsbad, July 18, 1914 You must be surprised at how much time I have in Karlsbad to write. But I am here for the first time undisturbed without the Emdens, am spending the day very comfortably with my wife, and am still maintaining an excess of freshness and a desire for work.

I am really working on an article on technique' that isn't even unimportant. But today's letter is totally editorial. Above all, you should be happy to know that you can strike Maeder from the credits of the Zeitschrift. ' According to Abraham's report, there is no longer any doubt that we will get rid of them all. The letters that are circulating will give you further information. Furthermore, I notice in the issue of the Zeitschrift which arrived today a number of stylistic errors, on account of which I request that the guilty party-Reik-be grasped by his ears.

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