IN Dresden a government official, who spoke of himself as a politician and an Adlerian psychotherapist, was planning a book to be based on psychoanalyses of important people. In this connection, on 17 January 1927, he wrote to Einstein in Berlin to ask if he would allow himself to be psychoanalyzed.
It is not known if an answer was actually sent, but, on the letter, in German in Einstein’s handwriting, is the following draft of a reply:
I regret that I cannot accede to your request, because I should like very much to remain in the darkness of not having been analyzed.
At first, Einstein was not favorably inclined toward the work of Sigmund Freud, though later he changed his mind. On Einstein’s fiftieth birthday, Freud, like many others, ...