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Letter to Dr Michael Balint, 27 March 1957 

Letter to Dr Michael Balint, 27 March 1957
Letter to Dr Michael Balint, 27 March 1957

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date: 04 December 2020

Michael and Enid Balint Archives - University of Essex at Colchester, UK.

27th March 1957.

Dr. Michael Balint,

7 Park Square West,

Regent’s Park, N.W.1.

Dear Balint,

I had only time to send you what you asked for, and now I would like to write a note to thank you for the trouble you took preparing and giving the lecture last Wednesday. I think the best part of it is that you start from a position of humility with the acknowledgement that we all have failures to our account. This is a great relief as compared with the tone of many speakers who seem to suggest that they can tackle everything.

I cannot say that I agree with your idea that the only worth while contribution was in my opening remarks, but I think you wrote this the next morning in the negative phase that occurs after the reading of a paper. It is certainly important for the Society to be reminded over and over again that the man cannot live by bread alone – bread here meaning verbal interpretations.

Good wishes,


Donald W W