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De Toffoli, C. (1991). The Invention of Thought from the Somatic Vertex of the Transference Relationship. Rivista Psicoanal., 37(3):562-596.

(1991). Rivista di Psicoanalisi, 37(3):562-596

The Invention of Thought from the Somatic Vertex of the Transference Relationship Language Translation

Carla De Toffoli

“Were we put in this World here, truly, for speech? To say: House, Fountain, Bridge, Gate, Jug, Fruit Tree; or Window? Or even rise higher and say the word: Column? Say: Tower? But to say these, remember, to speak them… in a manner that those things, at heart, never intended to be? (…) mortal, entrust their survival to us, the most mortal of all”.

(R.M. Rilke, Duino Elegies)

Towards the end of 1890 Freud wrote to Fliess that he had absolutely no wish to let the psychological element hover in the air without any organic foundation. But apart from his own convictions, he had nothing therapeutic or theoretical to base his work on, and so he had to proceed as if he were dealing exclusively with psychological factors. However, he expressed the hope that one day it would be possible to identify the organic basis underlying the doctrinal superstructure of psychoanalysis (Freud 1887-1902).

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