February 8, 1993
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Suzanne M. Pitts, M.D.
Dept. of Psychiatry
GW University Medical Center
2150 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037
Dear Dr. Pitts:
In a letter dated February 1, 1993 I described an incident that occurred at my former place of employment, the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld. I stated that on a morning some time during the summer of 1991 I formed the impression, based on comments by co-workers, that there had been some communication between someone at the firm and a former co-worker, Jesse Raben, who at that time no longer worked at the firm. I then changed my computer password to “FaustLine4399,” a reference to “Rabenstein,” the name of Jesse Raben’s forbears. I further stated that upon my return to the office from lunch, my supervisor offered me a piece of chocolate with the peculiar comment, “Here, you look like you need some chocolate.” I inferred that the offer of chocolate was in some way related to the possible communication with Jesse Raben.
I have explored the pre-existence of a subjective association of Jesse Raben, chocolate, Faust, anti-Semitism, and Robert Strauss. The attached materials indicate the pre-existence of a subjective association of the stated ideas--in the context of a dream about Dr. Palombo--seemingly independent of the events that occurred during the summer of 1991, described above.
An open and important question is whether we are dealing with (1) mere coincidence, (2) whether my interpretation of the 1991 incident involving my supervisor was a projection of a pre-existing primary process association, (3) or whether the incident with my supervisor resulted from an interplay of my synthetic ego processes (and my capacity for symbolization of primary process material) with the environment. With respect to my “delusions” the question is whether we are dealing with projection of primary process or symbolization of primary process.
(The attached dream analysis is a fragment of an analysis on which I have been working intermittently for about the last thee years. I will submit the complete analysis to you as part of the Four Dreams.)
[Handwritten note by Dr. Pitts: next appt 2/9 last appt discussed starting Li 2/9]