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Abraham, K. (1909). Letter from Karl Abraham to Sigmund Freud, February 14, 1909. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 80-82.

Abraham, K. (1909). Letter from Karl Abraham to Sigmund Freud, February 14, 1909. The Complete Correspondence of Sigmund Freud and Karl Abraham 1907-1925, 80-82

Letter from Karl Abraham to Sigmund Freud, February 14, 1909 Book Information Previous Up Next

Karl Abraham

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Dr med. K. Abraham
Berlin W. 35, Schöneberger Ufer 22
14 February 1909

Dear Professor,

First of all, many thanks for your advice. It proved perfectly correct. I was able with the help of anal erotism to explain my patient's fear of eating and several of his other symptoms. For two sessions there was still an embittered resistance, then the associations followed in plenty. I think I am dealing with a particularly difficult case with whom the proven method—to let the patient bring associations freely and uncritically—fails. He is quite intelligent but obstinately declares himself to be stupid, and when I ask him to bring me his associations in this way, he asserts that each time the fear of saying something stupid as well as his aversion to speaking in general arise. I hope that this will change when I have found, in anal erotism, the explanation of the latter symptom. The idea of his stupidity is mainly derived from the fact that his sadistic elder brother constantly showed him up—he is masochist— as the stupid one. The desire for physical and mental ill-treatment by the brother, who has since committed suicide, pervades his whole illness.

Unfortunately it is so difficult to discuss these things by letter. Are you not coming to Berlin soon? I take it that family reasons have kept you in Vienna until now. As there is to be no congress this year, it would be very pleasant indeed to see you sometime in Berlin. Our scientific meetings have been quite stimulating on the whole, but were generally of more sexological character.

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