Horney's Psychoanalytic Theories of Feminine Development Research Paper

Horney's Psychoanalytic Theories of Feminine Development
An exploration of Karen Horney's psychoanalytic theories, including her interpretation of Freud's theories of penis envy, the Oedipal complex, and the id, ego, and superego.
# 119774 | 5,193 words | 17 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on May 25, 2010 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory) , Gender and Sexuality (Theories of Gender)

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This paper discusses the psychoanalytic theories of Karen Horney and how they differ from the theories of Freud, specifically regarding feminine development. The essay explores the history of psychoanalysis, the development of Freud's theories as well as Horney's own childhood experiences that lead to her theories on feminine development. It also explores her theory of womb envy, which directly contradicts Freud's theory of penis envy as well as her later career in which she moved from Freudian thought into a discussion of the individual living in an industrial society.

From the Paper:

"Karen Horney began her career in psychology as a follower of Freud, working from within his constructs and terminology to explain her own ideas and interpretations. However, Horney soon began to question some of Freud's theories, especially those that dealt with feminine issues, like penis envy. Using her own personal childhood experiences as a basis, Horney also developed her own theories of personality development that differed from Freud's."

Sample of Sources Used:

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