To Sigmund Freud
Dear Professor Freud, Burgholzli-Zurich, 2April1909
Worry and patients and all the other chores of daily life have beset me again and quite got me down for the first 2 days.
Now I am slowly coming to the surface and beginning to bask in the memories of days in Vienna.
After a ten day interruption I my letter.
From this interlude it appears that the above complaint was premature because as usual worse was to follow.
Today I have put the last bad day behind me.
All during the Easter holidays, when other people were walking, I was able to snatch only one day’s breath of air.
On 15, IV I shall wrench myself free without fail and start my bicycle tour.
Since Vienna all scientific work has been out of the question.
But in my practice I have accomplished much.
At the moment a madly interesting case is stretching me on the rack.
Some of the symptoms come suspiciously close to the organic borderline (brain, tumour?) yet they all hover over a dimly divined psychogenic depth, so that in analysing them all one’s misgivings are forgotten.
First-rate spiritualistic phenomena occur in this case, though so far only once in my presence.
Altogether it makes a very peculiar impression.
The patient is a man-slaying Sara, Raguel’s daughter.
The case I told you about-evil eye, paranoiac impression-was cleared up as follows.
She was abandoned by her last lover, who is altogether- pathological (Dem. praec.?); abandoned also by an earlier lover-this one even
spent a year in an asylum.
Now the infantile pattern: hardly knew her father and mother, loving instead her brother, 8 years older than she and at 22 a catatonic.
Thus the psychological stereotype holds good.
You said the patient was merely imitating Dem. praec.; now the model has been found.
When l left Vienna I was afflicted with some sentiments d’incompletude on account of the last evening I spent with you.
It seemed to me that my spookerys struck you as altogether too stupid and perhaps unpleasant because of the Fliess analogy.(Insanity!)
Just recently, however, tl1e impression I had of the last-named patient smote me with renewed force.
\¥hat I told my wife .about it made the deepest impression on her too.
I had the feeling that under it all there must be some quite special complex, a universal one having to do with the prospective tendencies in man.
If there is a “psych-analysis” there must also be a “psychosynthesis” which creates future events according to the same laws.
(I see I am writing rather as if I had a flight of ideas.)
The leap towards psychosynthesis proceeds via the person of my patient, whose unconscious is right now preparing, apparently with nothing to stop it, a new stereotype into which everything from outside, as it were, fits in conformity with the complex.
(Hence the idea of the objective effect of the prospective tendency! )
That last evening with you has, most happily, freed me inwardly from the oppressive sense of your paternal authority.
My unconscious celebrated this impression with a great dream which preoccupied me for some days and which I have just finished analyzing.
I hope I am now rid of all unnecessary encumbrances.
Your cause must and will prosper, so my pregnancy fantasies tell me, which luckily you caught in the end.
As soon as I get back from Italy I shall begin some positive work, first of all for the Jahrbuch.
I hope you had a good Easter holiday and feel the better for it.
Ossipow head physician of the Psychiatric University Clinic in Moscow, has published a fine report on our affairs.
They seem to be working along our lines.
I have heard that Abraham with others have issued a psychological questionnaire
Let s hope it is a canard!
Gratefully, Jung ~Carl Jung to Freud, Letters Vol. 1, Pages 9-11.