By Sigmund Freud
The younger psychiatrist from Budapest had studied drugs in Vienna, he had learn The Interpretation of Dreams, and now he was once approximately to fulfill its writer. Seventeen years Sigmund Freud's junior, Sándor Ferenczi (1873-1933) despatched off a word waiting for the excitement of the older man's acquaintance--thus starting a correspondence that will flourish over the subsequent twenty-five years, and that at the present time presents a residing list of a few of an important insights and advancements of psychoanalysis, labored out throughout the process a deep and profoundly complex friendship.
This quantity opens in January of 1908 and closes at the eve of global battle I. Letter via letter, a "fellowship of existence, options, and pursuits" as Freud got here to explain it, unfolds the following as a passionate alternate of principles and theories. Ferenczi's contribution to psychoanalysis used to be, Freud acknowledged, "pure gold," and lots of of the more youthful man's notions and ideas, proposed in those letters, later made their approach into Freud's works on homosexuality, paranoia, trauma, transference, and different themes. To the 2 men's mutual clinical pursuits others have been quickly extra, and their correspondence increased in richness and complexity as Ferenczi tried to see his own conflicts less than the path of his committed and infrequently severe elder colleague.
Here is Ferenczi's love for Elma, his analysand and the daughter of his mistress, his affliction over his matrimonial intentions, his soliciting of Freud's assist in checking out this emotional tangle--a scenario that may ultimately result in Ferenczi's personal research with Freud. this is Freud's unraveling dating with Jung, documented via a heated dialogue of the occasions prime as much as the ultimate holiday. Amid those weighty issues of center and brain, one of the psychoanalytic theorizing and playful hypothesis, we additionally locate the lighter stuff of lifestyles, the controversy of shuttle plans and antiquities, gossip approximately family and friends. unheard of of their wealth of non-public and medical aspect, those letters provide us an intimate photograph of psychoanalytic thought being made in the course of a rare friendship.