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Ferenczi, S. (1914). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 18, 1914. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 38-39.

Ferenczi, S. (1914). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 18, 1914. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 38-39

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Sándor Ferenczi

Pápa, December 18, 1914

Dear Professor

Your letter of today really gave me much pleasure. Aside from the fact that, judging by its content, a not insignificant quantum of intellectual satisfaction is in the offing through being apprised of your newest insights, I was heartened by the—in and for itself, lamentable—awareness that I am permitted to be one of the very few who can witness and absorb the development of your ideas in statu nascendi. I notice, incidentally, in translating your theory of sexuality—in literally incorporating its content—that, in its concise and often dry sentences, countless problems—indeed, all problems of psychology—are concealed and in part also a hint of the direction in which the solution may lie. I find even more remarkable, however, the fact that even your newest findings and also the ideas that have emerged independently in me have without exception already been previously worked out in the first version of the Theory of Sexuality. The mystic in me (whom you overestimate) would claim, along with Silberer, that all the later things were already “encapsulated” in you at the time as a presentiment. The sober portion of my power of judgment thinks, however, that you have evidently always taken pains to apply the most precise and careful honesty and have proceeded unbelievably strictly against the products of your fantasy; that suffices to explain the fact that everything fits together so beautifully. There is, you see, only one truth, and truths must stand in harmony with one another. I am in favor of not giving up the journals, if at all possible. We should rather renounce their dimension, the flowery title “International,” etc. But there should be a place where you can deposit your smaller works and which also gives the opportunity for you to write things on technique or other smaller matters for us. Even for the “five” of us, such an organ is indispensable, especially for me, the most short-winded of all Ψα authors, who will certainly never get out a volume of his own.

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