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Ferenczi, S. (1930). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, July 20, 1930. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 396-397.

Ferenczi, S. (1930). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, July 20, 1930. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 396-397

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, July 20, 1930 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Budapest, July 20, 1930
I Lisznyai utca 11

Dear Professor,

Somewhat more prematurely than you, Herr Professor, but I, too, am occupying myself greatly with the problem of death, naturally, likewise in connection with my own fate and its chances for the future. A part of my bodily self-love seems to have sublimated itself into scientific interest, and this subjective factor has sensitized me, I believe, to psychic and other processes in our neurotics, which are playing themselves out in moments of real or supposed lethal danger. That was certainly the way in which I came to freshen up the apparently antiquated (at least temporarily cast-aside) trauma theory. For the moment I am satisfied with the insights, and also with the therapeutic results that I am getting on this path, so that I consider it useful to continue with my work method in this regard. Our last meeting in the Schneewinkel convinced me that my fear that you wouldn't approve of the reactionary tendency in me was very exaggerated. The analysis of this exaggerated fearfulness goes, as you know, far back into the infantile. Both of us (you as my analyst, and I as the one who has been analyzed) are also clear about the fact that my relationship to you and to the colleagues in the Association is in many respects rooted in father and brother bonds. But for the moment I have the feeling that my, perhaps also here subjectively colored, investigations can also lay claim to a certain objective value. I think to myself that with me it is a matter of a relatively belated flaring up of productivity, and I give in to this at times very lively urge to produce, without relinquishing control.

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