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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 Book Information Previous Up Next

Sándor Ferenczi

Dr. S. Ferenczi

Budapest, I. Lisznyai U. 11.

Telefon: 573-87

Budapest, May 1, 19321

Dear Professor,

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 puberty crisis. 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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