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A Young Girl's Diary


A Young Girl's Diary, and Letter of Sigmund Freud 1
A Young Girl's Diary, and Letter of Sigmund Freud
Prefaced with a Letter by Sigmund Freud
A Young Girl's Diary
Prefaced with a Letter by Sigmund Freud
A Young Girl's Diary Prefaced with a Letter by Sigmund Freud Translated by Eden
and Cedar Paul
CONTENTS
FIRST YEAR Age 11 to 12 SECOND YEAR Age 12 to 13 THIRD YEAR Age 13 to 14
LAST HALF-YEAR Age 14 to 14 1/2 CONCLUSION
PREFACE
THE best preface to this journal written by a young girl belonging to the upper
middle class is a letter by Sigmund Freud dated April 27, 1915, a letter wherein the
distinguished Viennese psychologist testifies to the permanent value of the
document:
"This diary is a gem. Never before, I believe, has anything been written enabling us
to see so clearly into the soul of a young girl, belonging to our social and cultural
stratum, during the years of puberal development. We are shown how the
sentiments pass from the simple egoism of childhood to attain maturity; how the
relationships to parents and other members of the family first shape themselves,
and how they gradually become more serious and more intimate; how friendships
are formed and broken. We are shown the dawn of love, feeling out towards its first
objects. Above all, we are shown how the mystery of the sexual life first presses
itself vaguely on the attention, and then takes entire possession of the growing
intelligence, so that the child suffers under the load of secret knowledge but
gradually becomes enabled to shoulder the burden. Of all these things we have a
description at once so charming, so serious, and so artless, that it cannot fail to be of
supreme interest to educationists and psychologists.
"It is certainly incumbent on you to publish the diary. All students of my own
writings will be grateful to you."
In preparing these pages for the press, the editor has toned down nothing, has
added nothing, and has suppressed nothing. The only alterations she has made have
been such as were essential to conceal the identity of the writer and of other
persons mentioned in the document. Consequently, surnames, Christian names, and
names of places, have been changed. These modifications have enabled the original
author of the diary to allow me to place it at the free disposal of serious readers.
No attempt has been made to correct trifling faults in grammar and other
inelegancies of style. For the most part, these must not be regarded as the
expression of a child's incapacity for the control of language. Rather must they be
looked upon as manifestations of affective trends, as errors in functioning brought
about by the influence of the Unconscious.
THE EDITOR. VIENNA, Autumn, 1919. FIRST YEAR AGE ELEVEN TO TWELVE
FIRST YEAR
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