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Freud, S. (1910). Preface to Sandor Ferenczi's Psycho-Analysis: Essays in the Field of Psycho-Analysis (1910 [1909]). The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume IX (1906-1908): Jensen's ‘Gradiva’ and Other Works, 252.

Freud, S. (1910). [SEI252a1]Preface to Sandor Ferenczi's Psycho-Analysis. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume IX (1906-1908): Jensen's ‘Gradiva’ and Other Works, 252

[SEI252a1]Preface to Sandor Ferenczi's Psycho-Analysis: [SEI252a2]Essays in the Field of Psycho-Analysis (1910 [1909]) Book Information Previous Up Next Language Translation

Sigmund Freud

[SEI252a3]Psycho-analytic research into the neuroses (the various forms of nervous illness with a mental causation) has endeavoured to trace their connection with instinctual life and the restrictions imposed on it by the claims of civilization, with the activities of the normal individual in phantasies and dreams, and with the creations of the popular mind in religion, myths and fairy tales. The psycho-analytic treatment of neurotic patients, based on this method of research, makes far higher demands on doctor and patient than the methods hitherto in common use, which operate through medicaments, diet, hydropathy and suggestion. But it brings the patients so much more relief and permanent strengthening in the face of life's problems, that there is no cause for surprise at the continual advances made by this therapeutic method in spite of violent opposition.

[SEI252a4]The author of the following essays, who is a close acquaintance of mine, and who is familiar, to an extent that few others arc, with all the difficulties of psycho-analytic problems, is the first Hungarian to undertake the task of creating an interest in psycho-analysis among doctors and men of education in his own country through writings composed in their mother tongue. It is our cordial wish that this attempt of his may succeed and may result in gaining for this new field of work new workers from the body of his compatriots.

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