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Ferenczi, S. (1928). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 15, 1928. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 334-335.

Ferenczi, S. (1928). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 15, 1928. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 334-335

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, January 15, 1928 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Dr. S. Ferenczi

vii., Nagydiofa-Utca 3.

Budapest, January 15, 19281

Dear Professor,

The personal Rundbrief2 (directed to me), as well as the one sent afterward, have arrived in a timely fashion. Many thanks for both. Yesterday, in the Society meeting, I lectured on the “Elasticity of Technique.” You yourself figured in as the first of the discussants; you see, presupposing your assent after the fact, I read aloud the sentences from your letter which pertain to the paper. As a reply to your comments, I endeavored (and it didn't cost me much effort to do so) to prove that there is essentially no difference between your conception and mine. I know that you occasionally told me that I strive all too much to produce complete identity between your views and mine. But I believe that this time I am in the right. “Tact,” as I view it, does not intend to be a concession to the arbitrariness of the subjective factor, still less [does it intend] to favor “the influence of one's own unrestrained complexes.” On the contrary, I demand the strictest control of the latter. I only think that one should put oneself first and foremost into the patient's position, one must “empathize” [einfühlen], but I am completely of your opinion regarding the topography of this psychic process. The empathy of the analyst must not take place in the unconscious, but [must take place] in the preconscious. The analyst's properly being analyzed is the same thing that you call “normality.

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