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Freud, S. (1929). To Ernest Jones—On the Occasion of his Fiftieth Birthday. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 10:123-124.

(1929). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 10:123-124

To Ernest Jones—On the Occasion of his Fiftieth Birthday

Sigmund Freud

The first piece of work that it fell to psycho-analysis to perform was the discovery of those instincts which are common to all mankind—and not only to those alive to-day, but also to the people of antiquity and prehistoric man. It was no great effort for psycho-analysis, therefore, to ignore differences in human beings due to their differing race, speech or country of origin. Psycho-analysis was international from the beginning; it is known that its adherents overcame the sundering influences of the Great War before any others did so.

Among the men who met at Salzburg in the spring of 1908 for the first Psycho-Analytical Congress, a young English medical man attracted notice; he read a short paper on 'Rationalization in Everyday Life'. The substance of this first piece of work is still valid to-day; our young science was enriched by it with a valuable concept and an indispensable term.

From that time onwards Ernest Jones has never rested. First in his post as professor at Toronto, later as a physician in London, as the founder and leader of a Society, the director of a Press, founder and editor of a Journal, director of a Training Institute, he has worked indefatigably for psycho-analysis, making the latest accessions to its fund of knowledge widely known by lectures and articles, defending it against the attacks and misinterpretations of its opponents by dexterous and stringent, but just, criticism, maintaining its difficult position in England against the claims of professional privilege, and, alongside all these externally directed activities, accomplishing a quantity of scientific work in loyal co-operation with the developments reached by workers on the Continent, to which, among others, his Papers on Psycho-Analysis and Essays in Applied Psycho-Analysis bear witness.

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