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Ferenczi, S. (1923). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 22, 1923. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 91-92.

Ferenczi, S. (1923). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 22, 1923. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 91-92

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 22, 1923 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, January 22, 1923

Dear Professor,

I feel gradually compelled to create a new kind of “Rundbriefe,” into which only you and Rank can get insight. You see, I am not in agreement with the tone of the last letter from Berlin and, particularly, from London.1 In Jones I miss the energy that he should have developed if he really wanted to defuse the separatist tendencies of the London group. Every member of the Committee should strive, in his own sphere of work, so, above all, in his own group, to realize the idea of a central direction of all scientific and business affairs, which is the purpose of the Committee. But I find that Jones either doesn't do this, or does it insufficiently, which is attributable either to too slight an influence on his co-nationals, or to too weak (because it is not quite honest) a will.—Abraham still seems, after so many discussions, to want to play the sensitive one; he grouses about every formal triviality—but he is insulted when one calls his procedure “petty.”—Sachs is all too easily inclined to bury the hatchet and to leave the Anglo-Americans to their own devices; that seems to me to be all the more dangerous, the deeper an insight I get into the need for leadership and the naïveté of the English, of all people. If you and Rank consider it appropriate, I am prepared to give unreserved expression of this opinion of mine in the next Rundbriefe and offer you, Herr Professor, occasion to make a statement.

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