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A Collection of letters and postcard written from Dr. Freud to Dr.Simme in 1918 -- 1939. The letters from Dr. Freud are responses to the letters from Dr. Simmel whose correspondences are not presented in this Collection. The documents in the form the letters comprise the handwritten German original, the German typewriten copy and an English Translation. With the exception of the letters writtin in 1918, the later letters from Freud are not of formal scholarly content, but rather a friendly and supportive correspondence for his receipient Dr. Simmel. The Freud's narrations reflect on Psychoanalytic discourse rather in the form of bservation. The personal content wtih regard to Dr. Simmel inquiries, rerporting and request for advices prevails. Since 1935, Freud addressed letters to Los Angeles, the home of Dr. Simmel, since he emigrated to Americ in 1934. The last two letters from Fredu were wrtten from England.

Overall the Freud's letters manifest kindness, humanness, support and sometimes dejection related to his state of health.

Psychoanalytic Theory

Freud, still beholden to Charcot’s hypnotic method, did not grasp the full implications of Breuer’s experience until a decade later, when he developed the technique of free association. In part an extrapolation of the automatic writing promoted by the German Jewish writer Ludwig Börne a century before, in part a result of his own clinical experience with other hysterics, this revolutionary method was announced in the work Freud published jointly with Breuer in 1895, Studien über Hysterie (Studies in Hysteria). By encouraging the patient to express any random thoughts that came associatively to mind, the technique aimed at uncovering hitherto unarticulated material from the realm of the psyche that Freud, following a long tradition, called the unconscious. Because of its incompatibility with conscious thoughts or conflicts with other unconscious ones, this material was normally hidden, forgotten, or unavailable to conscious reflection. Difficulty in freely associating—sudden silences, stuttering, or the like—suggested to Freud the importance of the material struggling to be expressed, as well as the power of what he called the patient’s defenses against that expression. Such blockages Freud dubbed resistance, which had to be broken down in order to reveal hidden conflicts. Unlike Charcot and Breuer, Freud came to the conclusion, based on his clinical experience with female hysterics, that the most insistent source of resisted material was sexual in nature. And even more momentously, he linked the etiology of neurotic symptoms to the same struggle between a sexual feeling or urge and the psychic defenses against it. Being able to bring that conflict to consciousness through free association and then probing its implications was thus a crucial step, he reasoned, on the road to relieving the symptom, which was best understood as an unwitting compromise formation between the wish and the defense

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