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Ferenczi, S. (1921). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, February 11, 1921. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 65-66.

Ferenczi, S. (1921). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, February 11, 1921. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 65-66

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, February 11, 1921 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, February 11, 1921

Dear Professor,

Excuse me for burdening you again with the case of Sokolnicka.

I can summarize her case briefly by saying that she is now about to move to Paris after an analysis of one year. Actually she has suffered and is suffering not from a typical neurosis but from pathological sensitivity, compulsion to masturbate, and inhibitions regarding the male sex. Her suppressed outbreaks of rage incline her to turn against her own person (1. suicide attempt, probably already in earliest childhood [she jumped into boiling water],1 2. failed attempt to poison herself, after she [as she says, because of inability to pay] was not further analyzed by you).—Last root of the whole thing: rage against her father, who presented her with a sister.

Her character has become significantly milder here; she has made good progress (despite countless strong protests against my analysis). The only thing that I was unable to get across to her is that she should give up the idea that you (i.e., interrupting the analysis) are to blame for the fact that she had to lose Rank.

Now, I believe that we should offer her the opportunity at least to restore normal polite relations with you, without which she also cannot exist as an analyst. She is, after all, only waiting for a sign from you, without which her pride forbids her to approach you. If you want to be especially friendly with her, then you will ask her sometime to let off a little steam toward you.

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