I felt, rightly, that I had a great deal to learn from Eissler, and I was a good
and willing pupil.
J. Moussaieff Masson, Final Analysis: The Making and Unmaking of a Psychoanalyst.
For the moment the great gulf that separated them was bridged.
Jack London, Martin Eden.
It was no longer a relationship of dependence, but one of equality and
reciprocity. He could be the guest of this superior mind without humiliation,
since the other man had given recognition to the creative power in him.
Hermann Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund.
From Letter about my Psychotherapy Session (February 5, 2019):
You were the wise old Beethoven and Schubert was the lesser figure. And the old master had allowed the young musician to play his compositions for him. I suppose somewhere you have the idea that Schubert idealized Beethoven and wanted the old master’s approval. Schubert hungered for that approval in your fantasy. He wanted to impress the old man. And Beethoven had permitted the young Schubert to entertain him in a vulnerable and meaningful moment, his dying moments. So we see superego issues in your fantasy about Beethoven, perhaps. You are recreating your relationship with your father. You desperately wanted your father’s approval. Every father is both a son and a father. He is father to his son and he is the son of his own father. So every father-son relationship involves a dual identification. In that sense, there is an archetypal quality to your fantasy. . . . In your therapy sessions with Dr. Palombo you were the young Schubert playing the piano for the master, Beethoven—hungering for his approval.