Analysis Of Karen Horney's Neurosis And Human Growth

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Summary Karen Horney writes from the book Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Toward Self-Realization starts with the notion that Neurosis starts in the environment, during childhood when the child endures an harsh and unstable environment. In order to deal with this hostile environment the child develops defense mechanisms which the child moves toward people, moves against people, and last the child moves away from people. At the same time the person develops a behavior where he or she creates an idealized image of his or her self. Meaning him or her personality and behavior are basic off of all kinds of attributes, talents and qualities. This is how individual mainly imagined how they should be, which he or her tries to live up to. The…show more content…
We allowed our environment to shape and mode our behavior, attitudes and thought patterns. What happens when an individual’s environment has a child does not have balance in his or her life? Karen Horney explains the effect of not having balance. My perception of Karen Horney’s Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Toward Self-Realization is that when children are not giving the proper care for and encourage to grow or are to achieve an aim in life. The individual builds an imaged perception of them self. The attribute or personality of the individual leads to him or her to operate accordingly to what they think they should be. Thus the neurosis affects the personality but then again the individual acts less than a psychosis. He or she can make rational decision and has a grab on reality. These are the qualifications of a Neurosis. Horney’s concept of this is displayed thought out her book. The meaning behind this paper is to demonstrate how well I comprehend Horney’s theory of…show more content…
The problem with ideal self is that the individual is the only one that can change the prospection that he or she has creative. Karen Horney (1950) explains more with this statement The energies driving toward self-realization are shifted to the aim of actualizing the idealized self. (pg24) Therefore the person leaves reality to go to fantasy world. Karen Horney’s theory on neurotic claims from chapter 2 was the only chapter that I couldn’t get into. I understand that in a neurotic claims that I individual creates a fantasy world where everything is not what it same but at some point in time fantasy has to stop and reality has to take over. And this is why I disagree with chapter 2 Neurotic

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