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Ferenczi, S. (1923). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 22, 1923. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 98-99.

Ferenczi, S. (1923). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, March 22, 1923. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 98-99

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

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, March 22, 1923

Dear Professor,

Here I am sending you the terrible manuscript by Varendonck.1 I read through the first part with the patience of the saints; I only leafed through the second.

This is probably the worst thing that was ever done in psychoanalysis. It is so bad that in places it brings one irresistibly to laughter—most passages aren't even capable of that, but rather repeat the same thing all of thirty-five times! in arid boredom, and bring the reader to despair.

After a pretentious introduction, in which Varendonck promises the solution to all of the psychology of aesthetics and symbolism, comes the “material.” Thirty-five arias and poems, which a “gentleman of his acquaintance” twitters or hums to himself from time to time—along with the “analysis” of the poems. This analysis consists of arranging in sequence the nearest preconscious (at the same time tendentiously directed) idea at the place in the text which is in question. Nowhere is there talk of more deeply connecting, layering, evaluating the ideas.

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