Karen Horney's Psychology

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Best known for her independence of mind and consistency, Dr. Karen Horney, was one of the most influential feminine psychoanalysts of the 19th Century. Although she never received official national recognition for her work, Karen Horney has made numerous notable contributions to Psychology. Significantly, some of Horney’s contributions include: self-psychology, humanism, feminine psychology, and psychoanalysis. As an expert of feminine psychology, many of Horney’s ideas challenged those of Sigmund Freud. In this paper, we will examine several aspects of Karen’s life, which will include her early educational life all the way to her Theory of Neurosis. Born on September 16, 1885 in Eilbeck, Germany, Karen Clementina Theodora Danielsen, grew…show more content…
Such discussions eventually evolved into the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society. In 1915, Horney became the office secretary, which led to the grand opening of the Policlinic. Amazingly, this presented the opportunity for Horney to make some notable contributions, as one of the founding members. Some of her contributions to this clinic included: teaching students through an innovatively designed training program, treating patients (in-patient and through private practice), conducting research in psychoanalysis (special emphasis on feminine…show more content…
It was in these writings that she began emphasizing such topics as the complexities of motherhood, feminine masochism, female gender envy, marital difficulties, and the masculinity complex in women. In her book, Feminine Psychology, Horney begins challenging some of Freud’s ideas on psychosexual development regarding women. Through trial and error, she elaborated on her hypotheses of such subjects of femininity. Horney touches on frigidity, monogamous ideal, maternal conflicts, and the distrust between the sexes, in this
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