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Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, October 12, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 182.

Ferenczi, S. (1924). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, October 12, 1924. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 182

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, October 12, 1924 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, October 12, 1924

Dear Professor,

I deduce from the fact that Rank has still given no sign of life from himself that he will honor me with no reply whatsoever, so that my planned intervention can't be put into action at all. I won't write to him anymore, on no account will I make the thing easy for him on my part by being insulted. Should he also not write to you (which I do not consider possible), then certainly the time will have come for settling all affairs without asking him. But I still believe that he won't choose this ugly way of taking his leave, and that his indignation is aimed only at me, his former co-worker.

We had the first session yesterday; I gave a lecture,1 and Hermann handed over to me the manuscript of an entire pamphlet about the psychoanalytic-biographic explanation of the life and scientific activity of Fechner, Darwin, and Bolyai2 (a great mathematician).3 The group seems to be in a mood for work. We congratulated the Würzburgers by telegram.4

Lévy told us about a pathologic-anatomic confirmation of the “trauma of birth.”

The Congress of Hungarian Psychiatrists, which took place recently, occupied itself much with psychoanalysis;5 there were nonsensical accusations and nonsensical defenses there. I didn't go, but I enlightened a newspaper writer who interviewed me.

Many kind regards.



Notes to "Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, October 12, 1924"

1 “Psychoanalyse von Gewohnheiten [Psychoanalysis of Habits], I.” The second half followed on December 6 (Zeitschrift 11 [1925]: 134). See “Zur Psychoanalyse von Sexualgewohnheiten (mit Beiträgen zur therapeutischen Technik)” [Psycho-Analysis of Sexual Habits] (Ferenczi 1925, 269; ibid., 6-39).

2 János Bolyai (1802-1860), noted Hungarian mathematician.

3 Imre Hermann, “Gustav Theodor Fechner: Eine psychoanalytische Studie über individuelle Bedingtheiten wissenschaftlicher Ideen” [A Psychoanalytic Study on Individual Determinants of Scientific Ideas], published as an article in Imago 11 (1925): 371-420, and as a pamphlet by Deuticke (1925) and in the Verlag (1926).

4 Meeting of the German psychoanalysts in Würzburg, October 11-12, 1924.

5 The Eighth Congress of Hungarian Psychiatrists, October 5-7, in Budapest (Pesti Naplo, October 7, 1924, p. 6).

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