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Andreas-Salomé, L. (1915). Letter from Lou Andreas-Salomé to Freud, July 15, 1915. The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 89:29-31.

(1915). The International Psycho-Analytical Library, 89:29-31

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Lou Andreas-Salomé


[Göttingen, 30 June 1915]

Have just heard about 6 May, congratulate you and your family most warmly and thank you for your great gifts to us all Lou Andreas

[Sigmund Freud to Lou Andreas-Salomé: despatch of ‘The Theme of the Three Caskets’, from Imago, Vol. ii. Probably 30 June 1915.]

[Picture Postcard: View of Göttingen]

[Postmark: Göttingen 2.7.15]

Warmest thanks and greetings!

Lou Andreas-S.

Tempted to write you a long letter to say how much I have enjoyed reading The Three Caskets which I missed at the time.

Göttingen, 15 July 1915

Dear Professor,

Thank you very much for sending me the two offprints.43 I have already derived a great deal of profit and pleasure from all they have to offer, and I discussed it all with you in my mind, before I ventured to embark on this long letter.

In ‘Instincts and their Vicissitudes’ what seemed to me a new discovery, which struck me most forcibly, was the suggestion (98, 99) that love and hate did not arise ‘from the cleavage of any originally common entity’. Hitherto hate as such, considered to be purely a kind of love in reverse and always presumed to be the result of repression, had always had pathological qualities ascribed to it, which would now appear to be the result of a regressive coalescence of ego-instinct and sexual function.

New too (96, 97) is the expression ‘reality-ego’ in contradistinction to the ‘purified pleasure-ego’, which confronts the outer world as something already separate, following the narcissistic unity of subject and object. The reason why this expression appeals to me so much, and whether I do not attach too much meaning to it, is something which I would gladly discuss in detail, if I did not despair of being able to do this by letter. I believe that I can follow you in all these matters intellectually, only I differ somewhat perhaps in my emotional attitude towards them.


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