TO: Suzanne M. Pitts, MD
FROM: Gary Freedman
DATE: February 22, 1994
RE: Masson/Eissler Additions
I have added some material to the Masson/Eissler paper.
The example of Masson's (deceptively reality-appropriate) ego splitting is either devilishly clever or additional evidence of my "tendency to attach a negative meaning to even trivial events."
Also, I was interested to read that after his break with Freud, Wilhelm Fliess developed the paranoid delusion that Freud planned to kill him (See N.Y. Times, August 25, 1981) [the infamous Jeffrey Masson interview that figured in Masson's termination from the Freud Archives]). (Compare Akin Gump's delusion that I was potentially violent). I plan to include this material concerning Fliess' paranoia in the section on the Freud/Fliess relationship, which will provide symmetry with the attached material concerning Fliess/paranoia/repetition compulsion in the Masson termination section.
With respect to the issue of symmetry, note the following parallel in the paper:
(1) Fliess' act of vetoing a dream from Freud's Interpretation of Dreams, and
(2) Freud Archives Board member to Masson: "You should have been more discreet."