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Ferenczi, S. (1920). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, October 16, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 36-37.

Ferenczi, S. (1920). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, October 16, 1920. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 36-37

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, October 16, 1920 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Dr. Ferenczi Sándor
idegorvos
Budapest, October 16, 1920

Dear Professor,

The private correspondence, freed of the ballast of official communications,1 can only gain in intimacy and caliber. Here we can report to each other—next to personal communications—about germinating ideas (scientific ones), as in the good old times. To be sure, I can't be of service with such germs just today.—The tic paper was an attempt to think through to the end the idea of the sensory-narcissistic origin of tic. I am very curious to learn something new about this from you. I presume you already have a different, better solution to this question. My main “punch” was intended to be the identification of the motor expressions in tic and catatonia. I would be sorry if it didn't land.

How were you able to learn anything about the purchase of the ring? Who committed the treacherous faulty action [Fehlhandlung]?—Since I have had a pronounced heart palpitation for several days, I would not like to postpone carrying out the plan until your 80th birthday; I don't trust myself to make such far-reaching plans.

Apropos 80! My mother will be 80 years old on December 11; the whole family will visit her in Nyiregyháza, where she is living with her eldest daughter. I haven't seen her for six years. It seems that I found a complete substitute for her in marriage.

I am curious as to whether Dr. Radó, who is going to Vienna shortly with his wife, can arrange something with Rank (who will in the meantime, let us hope, already be directing in Kola's ψα Verlag). If Vienna should really become a center of Ψα, then you would have to subject your decision regarding my person to a revision. Radó will report to you about Budapest and the decision.

I am curious as to how young Kolnai will establish himself with you in the Society. I am sorry that I had to lose him so soon after his discovery.

My hours are full. I was only able to send a few to others. The people cling to names.

Too bad the coffee machine arrived broken.

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