To Dr. S.
Dear Colleague, 15 July 1939
I am here again in October and can see you then.
Your ear troubles are very distressing.
They can of course be considerably intensified or reduced by one’s subjective attitude.
Even an ordinary whisper can become unendurable as soon as one’s inner attention is directed towards it.
Conversely, it can completely disappear if one forgets it.
These phenomena can to a large extent be “overheard.”
As soon as one’s attitude becomes autoerotic in any way, the symptoms increase.
An autoerotic attitude necessarily results if, for instance, the function of relationship (Eros) is not sufficiently attended to; that is, if something that ought to be put outside oneself is left inside.
That is one possibility.
The other possibility is a reluctance to go along with fate, with the result that the importance of the body is abnormally enhanced.
With best wishes,
C.G. Jung ~Carl Jung, Letters Vol. I, Page 274
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