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Ferenczi, S. (1922). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, August 31, 1922. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 87-88.

Ferenczi, S. (1922). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, August 31, 1922. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 87-88

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, August 31, 1922 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Baden-Baden, Werderstrasse 14,
August 31, 1922

Dear Professor,

The sad news, which we received already in Seefeld, also shocked us very much. We very much liked the dear, pretty girl, as did all those who knew her; she made the impression on me of a cheerful, levelheaded being. But we already know that that doesn't mean much.

I can imagine how stunned you must be by this tragic event; I fear that the whole extent of rest and recuperation that we were hoping for you from the vacation has been put in question, but we still hope that your strength will win out in the end, and that you will be up to the exertions of the Congress and the coming work year.

The stay in Seefeld was, in fact, significant for me, since the unity between Rank and me, which was also never disrupted earlier, was sealed there, as it were. I hope we can find a little bit of time in Berlin when we can present our plan to you personally.

We feel very well here in Baden-Baden. I am, in addition to taking the physical cures (hot baths, massage), going through a piece of self-analysis, as it were, in Groddeck's presence, also with his help, to be sure. By the way, I find that Groddeck actually sets about things very circumspectly and cautiously, and is true to the teachings of psychoanalysis in all essentials. I hope that certain misunderstandings which make him appear in the light of Stekel's methodology will disappear.

My resistance toward writing down the bio-analytic thoughts which have not been worked up for so many years has made me postpone finishing the Congress lecture from one day to the next. But “tomorrow” I will begin in earnest.

Elma

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