The second point that I would like to make this evening is even simpler than the first. Although its message is directed to
all of you, I like to think of it as specifically aimed at the candidates. As one grows older, it is the next generation—those who
follow us and will continue our work—that becomes most important to us. T o state it bluntly: people don't read. I know that
they buy books. I believe even that they skim books, reading here and there, usually with a preformed idea of what they
expect to find. But, in the way I understand this all-important activity, they d o not read. I have often emphasized that analysts
must remain immersed in the transference of their analysands, and for a long time, in order to get at its essence. T h e same is
true when we try to grasp the meaning of a complex set of new ideas through reading. It's not the mechanics of reading that are
here at stake, and Evelyn Wood won't help. What is required is the ability for a temporary suspension of disbelief. A reader
must be able to abandon the security o f traditional ways o f seeing things in order to experiment with a new point of view. And,
in our field at least, a critic must be able to try out a new set of ideas over an extended period before he can allow himself to
judge its relevance, usefulness, and its explanatory power. He must not base his judgment on this or that detail in isolation but
must try to apprehend newly emerging configurations, however strange and unwieldy they might at first appear.
Ultimately all these experimentations must be undertaken in the laboratory of our clinical practice. But before this stage is
reached, analysts must first read. Why don't they read, why are they not used to reading—and with fascination and enjoyment—
in the sense that I outlined to you, in the only sense that deserves to be called reading?
I have a hunch that one o f the reasons why all o f us have to some extent lost our ability to read the current psychoanalytic
literature is that it is terribly boring. We open our journals, out of conscientiousness, and we force ourselves to read. But it is a
real chore. I remember that, already as a student, I would read the current literature and then rush back to Freud—to refresh
myself, to participate in the activities o f an original mind at work.How exciting this was! Even when I began to disagree with Freud's statements here and there, even when I recognized that his outlook was slanted at times and led to a distorted understanding of psychic life, I knew that here was a mind at work that was exciting and uplifting to follow.
《自体的探寻（The search of self）》第四卷 P485 朱一峰译