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Ferenczi, S. (1932). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 1, 1932. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 431-432.
Ferenczi, S. (1932). Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 1, 1932. The Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Sándor Ferenczi Volume 3, 1920-1933, 431-432
Letter from Sándor Ferenczi to Sigmund Freud, May 1, 1932
Dr. S. Ferenczi
Budapest, I. Lisznyai U. 11.
Budapest, May 1, 19321
The quiet reproach that issues forth from your letter is well deserved. To be quite honest, I was prepared for worse; in any event, I reproached myself much more energetically. But since you yourself mention the only excuse that I can give for my negligence, it is easier for me to talk about it. In the last few years I have, in fact, been very, perhaps all too immersed in the work of understanding my cases. Whatever the favoring motive of such isolation may be, it is not altogether anything bad or reprehensible; everyone probably has to go through such periods, which, with me, to be sure, turned up somewhat late, or, as you once wrote, as a belated pubertycrisis. More deeply penetrating self-analysis showed me, to be sure, that since my earliest childhood I have had the tendency to get into situations which I could master only with an exceptionally large exertion of strength. I never allowed myself a real psychic vacation. Now I seem to want to rest up after a kind of superperformance lasting half a lifetime; by rest, I understand here immersing myself in a kind of scientific “Poetry and Truth,”2 from which at some time or other, sometimes I think: definitely, something not worthless will come. I don't believe that one can deliberately change such an attitude, and so my feeling of responsibility commands me to ask you if you want to have a president whose interest is in part manacled in this way? If so, then I will do my utmost to fulfill the tasks that are before me.
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