Dear Professor Freud, 30 April 1910
At last I can report to you after the uproar last week.
In a private talk beforehand, Bleuler, very huffy and irritable, gave me a flat refusal and expressly declared that he would not join the Society-he
would dissociate himself from it altogether.
Reasons: its aim was too biased, it took too narrow a view of the problems, it was too exclusive, you had slighted Frank in Nuremberg and thereby ostracized him, one didn’t want to sit down with everybody (a dig at Stekel).
He simply would not join, that was the long and short of it.
I told him what the consequences would be, but it was no good.
Yesterday we had our constituent assembly, which Frank also attended.
The same opposition was shown with the same hollow resistances; another “reason” they gave was that they didn’t want to commit themselves to a confession of faith, etc.
In the course of the discussion it became clear that Frank is the grey eminence who has been working on Bleuler.
I let the discussion go on until both Bleuler and Frank were properly cornered and were forced to admit that they just didn’t want to join.
I had so arranged matters that the local group had already constituted itself with 12 members before the meeting took place, which faced them
with a fait accompli.
The overwhelming majority are on our side.
Taking your Nuremberg tactics as a ·model, I postponed the final decision until the next meeting in the hope that Bleuler’s resistances will have
melted by then.
As the evening wore on he became noticeably milder and I almost venture to hope he ‘will come along with us.
In any case Frank can go by the board and I would gladly speed his departure with a joyful kick, [ … ].
We shall manage with or without Bleuler, but with him would be better.
Most of the others stuck by me splendidly and did their best to unhorse Bleuler.
After the meeting he again favoured us privatim with a dream, naturally in order to dispute the interpretation.
All of those present were shaking with laughter and fully agreed with my interpretation.
The key to the mystery is that Bleuler understands far too little of pA, so little that he has not assimilated even the elements of dream interpretation.
No wonder he yields so willingly to Frank’s subversive influence.
As a matter of fact his whole opposition is a revenge for my resignation from the abstinence societies. (Hence his charge of exclusiveness, narrowness, and bias.)
When Kraepelin was here he went on at poor Bleuler for my having excluded Isserlin from Nuremberg.
That, I am glad to say, has made a big impression in Munich. Those gents are getting jumpy.
I heard from Putnam that he is planning to organize something in Boston. Let’s hope something will come of it soon.
Otherwise all’s well. Nuremberg has produced happy results for us all.
JUNG ~Carl Jung, Freud/Jung Letters, Vol. 1, Pages 312-313