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Freud, S. (1919). Letter to Dr. Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XIV (1914-1916): On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement, Papers on Metapsychology and Other Works, 341.

Freud, S. (1919). [SEN341a1]Letter to Dr. Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth. The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, Volume XIV (1914-1916): On the History of the Psycho-Analytic Movement, Papers on Metapsychology and Other Works, 341

[SEN341a1]Letter to Dr. Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth Book Information Previous Up Next Language Translation

Sigmund Freud

[SEN341a2]The diary is a little gem. I really believe it has never before been possible to obtain such a clear and truthful view of the mental impulses that characterize the development of a girl in our social and cultural stratum during the years before puberty. We are shown how her feelings grow up out of a childish egoism till they reach social maturity; we learn what form is first assumed by her relations with her parents and with her brothers and sisters and how they gradually gain in seriousness and inward feeling; how friendships are made and broken; how her affection feels its way towards her first objects; and, above all, how the secret of sexual life begins to dawn on her indistinctly and then takes complete possession of the child's mind; how, in the consciousness of her secret knowledge, she at first suffers hurt, but little by little overcomes it. All of this is so charmingly, so naturally, and so gravely expressed in these artless notes that they cannot fail to arouse the greatest interest in educators and psychologists … It is your duty, I think, to publish the diary. My readers will be grateful to you for it.

1 [SEN341a3][‘Brief an Frau Dr. Hermine von Hug-Hellmuth.’ The letter, extracts from which follow, was written by Freud on April 27, 1915. These extracts were included in Frau von Hug-Hellmuth's preface to her edition of the diary to which the letter refers: Tagebuch eines halbwüchsigen Mädchens, published by the Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag (Leipzig, Vienna and Zurich, 1919; 2nd ed.

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