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Ferenczi, S. (1920). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, June 4, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 23-28.

Ferenczi, S. (1920). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, June 4, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 23-28

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Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, June 4, 1920

D[ear]. Pr[ofessor]!

I hope you [are] already in possession of my letter, which I had to get to you by means of Eisler's mediation, so that now—unrelated to your last, gratifying news (fund)—I can discuss purely personal matters, which are nonetheless not uninteresting scientifically (to me); therewith I also accede to your request to write “personal things” about myself.—

Point of departure is the analysis of Frau Dr. Sokolnicka, which I would now like to summarize in more detail. You recall that she—without producing any other nervous symptoms—was incapable of achieving full sexual satisfaction with a man, so that she always indulged in self-gratification. Rank's wedding1 made her fall unhappily in love with him, after the fact, although, where she might still have had an opportunity to do so, she was unable to love him totally. She came with complaints against you. You had turned her down only because of money matters, you see, you are such that you don't like to accept money from poor people, and out of that personal motive you interrupted her almost finished analysis.—The divorce from her husband was well on its way on her arrival and seems now to be ended. It ended with a dispute over money between the marriage partners, in which she, in part, got the short end of the stick. Nonetheless, behind the exaggerated propriety in money matters, her original inclination toward getting justice and her sensitivity in questions of money came to the fore in this dispute.

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