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Freud, S. (1924). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, February 4, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 122-124.

Freud, S. (1924). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, February 4, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 122-124

Letter from Sigmund Freud to Sándor Ferenczi, February 4, 1924 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sigmund Freud

Vienna, February 4, 1924
IX., Berggasse 19

Dear friend,

I am writing still on the evening of the day when I received your letter because I am sorry that you are in distress and I don't understand you completely. Above all, you must let me know what I actually wrote about your joint work. I don't remember the quoted remark exactly and would not like to appear to myself to be two-faced. The one fact exists that I don't like it as well as at the beginning, before I had gained some distance from it. I would now make a judgment that it has its birth defect, in that it emphasized the “experience,” in the manner of a slogan, and overcame its dissolution too little, or not entirely. In the beginning I was probably too corrupted by the correction that you brought to bear on my former skittishness about “acting out [Agieren].”1

But now I wouldn't know how to say what I don't agree with. I have already shared with Rank and Sachs an impression that, on the path that has been broken there, one could come out of analysis, that it promises to be a path for traveling salesmen.2 But there is no doubt that it doesn't have to be that way. The warning ought to suffice.

My

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