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Freud, S. (1916). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 18, 1916. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919, 105-106.

Freud, S. (1916). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 18, 1916. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sandor Ferenczi Volume 2, 1914-1919 , 105-106

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, January 18, 1916 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, January 18, 1916
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

I don't want to make you wait long for a reply. Your interpretations are certainly correct, but they still leave out, it seems to me in judging from the drawing, the most important thing. What is more important, however, is the standpoint that analysis should enter in before or after an act and should not disturb one during it, especially where it has few chances as a self-analysis. So, act now, as swiftly and decisively as possible, and refrain from analysis now, or treat it as an extra enjoyment without real influence.

You are also correct about word cathexes in the deaf and dumb. But I don't think that is a strong objection. One doesn't know, and I don't know what happens in them. No guideline can be derived from ignorance. For the theory of the pcs., the important thing to consider is the fact that it represents the binding of one system by another, which is closer to perception. In normal people it consists of word images, but they can be replaced by other things. Still, I am grateful to you for the tip.

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