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Ferenczi, S. (1931). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 27, 1931. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 424-425.

Ferenczi, S. (1931). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 27, 1931. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 424-425

Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, December 27, 1931 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Dr. S. Ferenczi

Budapest, I. Lisznyai U. 11.

Telefon: 573-87

Budapest, December 27, 1931

Dear Professor,

You are already used to my being able to respond only after a long reaction time; but this time you will also find it understandable; perhaps it is happening for the first time that factors of not being in agreement are mixing into our relationship in general. Well, now that I have allowed the affective current to run its course, I believe I am in a position to reply to you in a reassuring sense.

You will probably recall that it was I who declared it to be necessary also to communicate matters of technique, so long as one applies them methodically; you were more in favor of being sparing with communications about technique. Now you think it would be dishonorable to keep silent, and I must counter that by saying that the pace of publication should be relegated to the tact and insight of the author.

But that is not the most important thing that I would like to talk about. I consider your fear that I will turn into another Stekel unfounded. “Youthful sins,”misdemeanors, when they have been overcome and analytically worked through, can even make one wiser and more careful than people who did not go through such storms. My extremely ascetic “active therapy”was surely a precautionary measure against tendencies of this kind; for that reason, in their exaggerations they took on an obsessional character. When I gained insight into this, I relaxed the stiffness of the prohibitions and avoidances to which I condemned myself (and others). Now, I believe I am capable of creating a mild, passionless atmosphere, which is suited to incubate also what has hitherto been concealed.— But since I fear the dangers just as much as you do, I must and will, now as before, keep in mind the warnings that you reproach me with, and strive to criticize myself harshly. So, I would be remiss if I wanted to bury the productive layer that is beginning to uncover itself before me.

Since

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