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Freud, S. (1890). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, August 1, 1890. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 227-228.

Freud, S. (1890). Letter from Sigmund Freud to Wilhelm Fliess, August 1, 1890. Letters of Sigmund Freud 1873-1939, 227-228

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Sigmund Freud

August 1, 1890

Dear Friend

I am writing to you today to tell you very reluctantly that I cannot come to Berlin; it is not that I care so much for Berlin or the Congress, but I am disappointed that I won't be able to see you there. My decision has been upset not by one big reason but by a combination of smaller ones, which so easily arise in the life of a doctor and father of a family. I just cannot manage it from any point of view-not professionally, since my most important patient is just going through a kind of nervous crisis … and not with the family because all sorts of things have gone wrong with the children (I now have a daughter and a son). My wife, moreover, who as a rule has no objections to my taking a short trip, is very much against my leaving here just now. And so on and so forth. In short, I just cannot manage it, and as I have looked upon this trip as a great luxury that I was granting myself, I feel obliged to abandon it.

Very reluctantly, for I had expected so much from this meeting with you. Although quite satisfied, even happy if you like, I nevertheless feel very isolated, scientifically stagnant, lazy and resigned.

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