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Karen Horney
An analysis of the life of Karen Horney and her views on neurosis.
# 95482 | 3,034 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on May 24, 2007 in Psychology (Theory) , Psychology (History of Psychology)

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This paper discusses the life and works of Karen Horney, a recognized psychologist who practiced in the early 1900s. It describes her life at home with her parents and how this influenced her work. The paper focuses on Horney's views on neurosis and discusses the ten different stages that she believed that neurotics need to attain to prevent them from experiencing great anxiety.

From the Paper:

"Karen Horney was born on September 16, 1885 to Clotilde and Berndt Wackels Danielson. Horney's father, Berndt, was an authoritarian and she believed that he liked her brother more then he liked her. Her mother, Clotilde, was considered to be more suave then her father, and was also 19 years younger. Her parents also came from different social backgrounds. Her father was the son of a watchmaker, while her mother was the daughter of architect. She also had a tender and possibly sexual relationship with her brother who was four years older then her. However, he rejected her when she was around 8 years of age. In her childhood she felt like she was not wanted by not only her parents, but by her brother too. This could have been because of the martial problems that were happening between her parents and the later rejection by her brother. Because of these childhood difficulties she went through a bout of depression. It was in 1904 that her parents got divorced and there is no account of her father after this point in time. In 1906 she entered medical school against not only her parents' wishes, but the whole political society. During her time in medical school she met a law student by the name of Oscar Horney whom she married in 1909. In 1911 her mother died which put a strain on Horney; however it was these events that caused her to start psychoanalysis. In 1913 she received her MD from the University of Berlin. In 1923 Oscar Horney lost his job and got meningitis. These strains of events on him lead him to become a broke, morose and argumentative individual. It was also this year that Horney's brother died. When all of these events happened it lead her to consider pursuing her thoughts of suicide. She did attempt suicide during one vacation when she swam out to a sea piling. In 1926 Horney moved to Brooklyn, NY where she developed her first theories on neurosis. She passed away after much accomplished in 1952 at the age of 67. (Paris, 1994)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Horney, K. (1945). Our inner conflicts: a constructive theory of neurosis. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Horney, K. (1937). The neurotic personality of our time. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Horney, K. (1950). Neurosis and human growth. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Horney, K. (1939). New ways in psychoanalysis. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.
  • Horney, K. (1942). Self-analysis. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd.

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