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Freud/Jung Letters

Dear Professor Freud, 3 January 1913

Although you have evidently taken my first secret letter very much to heart or very much amiss, I cannot refrain, while avoiding that topic, from offering you my friendly wishes for the New Year.

It is my hope that the Psychoanalytical movement will continue to advance, its vitality unimpaired and indeed heightened by internal conflicts and crosscurrents.

Without them there is no life.

When everything goes smoothly, petrifaction sets in. “I seek salvation not in rigid forms.”!

Don’t hesitate to tell me if you want no more of my secret letters.

I too can get along without them.

Needless to say I have no desire to torment you.

But if you ‘profess a friendly attitude towards me, I must insist on my right to reciprocate, and shall treat you with the same analytical consideration which you extend to me from time to time.

You surely know that the understanding of psychoanalytical truths is in direct proportion to the progress one has made in oneself.

If one has neurotic symptoms there will be a failure of understanding somewhere.

Where, past events have already shown.

So if I offer you the unvarnished truth it is meant for your good, even though it may hurt.

I think my honourable intentions are perfectly clear, so I need say no more.

The rest is up to you.

From the drift of this letter you will be able to guess what my wishes are for the New Year.

With best regards,

Most sincerely yours,

JUNG ~Carl Jung, Freud/Jung Letters, Vol. 1, Pages 539-540