chapter  13
19 Pages

Day to Day

WithHelen Walker Puner, Erich Fromm, Paul Roazen, S. P. Puner

Little in the outer circumstances of Freud’s life betrayed the intrepid adventuring of his mind, or the ceaseless warfare of his inner life. Freud’s positive achievement was created within the personal framework of his self-punishing and pessimistic nature. The formulation of the concept of transference is considered by many to be Freud’s most important technical discovery. While Freud, when he first described the transference phenomenon, did not realize its full implications, its significance grew until it eventually became the core of analytic therapy. Freud’s favourite reading was history. Freud’s prose style became an exact reflection of the qualities of mind and mode of thought that gave it being. Readers of Freud in English are handicapped in perceiving the fine quality of this style, although his British translators do him more justice than his American. It is a style radically different from the easy, conversational manner which made his lectures and social intercourse with him notable.