nature and personality development did not reflect women’s visions, needs and opinions (Wellesley Centers for Women, 2011: Westkott 1989). However, Karen Horney, a psychoanalyst in the first half of the twentieth century began to question the concept of human nature being only associated with man and not woman (Eckardt, 2005). Through this questioning, Horney began to reinterpret Freud’s psychoanalytic theory on feminine psychology development, accumulating in fourteen papers written between 1922 and
Karen Horney, a psychoanalytic theorist, established one of the top recognized concepts of neurosis. Horney alleged that neurosis stemmed from simple anxiety produced by interpersonal relationships. Horney’s theory suggests that schemes used to handle anxiety can be overworked, triggering them to take on the presence of needs. According to Horney, simple anxiety can result from a variation of things such as “direct or indirect domination, indifference, erratic behavior, lack of respect for the
Karen Horney: Her Life and Work Karen Horney, a psychoanalyst perhaps best known for her ideas regarding feminine psychology, faced much criticism from orthodox Freudian psychoanalysts during her time. Robert Sternberg said that creativity is always a “person-system interaction” because many highly creative individuals produce products that are good, but that are not exactly what others expect or desire. Thus, creativity is only meaningful in the context of the system that judges it. If this
Critique - Karen Horney Most of Horney’s theories came from clinical experiences. With her vivid experience, she able to describes virtually and contribute to practitioners in a wide knowledge especially in neurotic personality. Horney’s comprehensive descriptions of neurotic personalities provide an excellent framework for understanding unhealthy people. In that extent, there is no other personality theorist has written so well about neuroses (Psychology, 2016). Although Horney painted a vivid
personality development and will be discussed further in the essay with regard to Horney and the following aspects of; social and cultural conditions, basic anxiety and basic evil, neurotic needs, coping strategies and the ideal self vs the despised self. Horney suggested that cultural and social conditions contribute as a large influence for shaping personality, and especially those experiences from childhood (Karen Horney (n.d.)). In the movie Precious, we were not able to observe her early childhood
suffer from basic anxiety. Basic anxiety is an insidiously increasing, feeling of being alone in the world. Often times basic anxiety can lead to feelings of insecurity and also distant from your common environment which is referred to as basic evils. Horney then center her focused on the neurotic needs or trends that we commonly used to minimize feelings of anxiety when we are attempting to relate to others. For example, the need for a dominant partner, the exaggerated need for social recognition, or
The following essay will analyse the manner in which the protagonist, Clarice Precious Jones, in the movie ‘Precious’ based on the novel Push by Sapphire, personality develops in the harsh impoverished environment she is raised in, in relation to Karen Horney’s theory of neurosis, and whether or not Clarice’s degree of neurosis changes for the better or worse or at all over the course of the movie. The movie was released in 2009 and directed by Lee Daniels, and follows the trials and tribulations
is less popular today and they cost little to nothing. The Great Depression caused several Americans to suffer and one can envision that this cheap form of entertainment was all they could afford. Theory: themes, structures, and perspectives Karen Horney based her entire ideation of her theories on childhood experiences.
childhood (aggression,affection). A child will “passionately” cling to one parent and feel jealous of another. However, even if their might be several aspects to these behaviors, the child ultimately wants security, and not sexual intercourse. Karen Horney also found the Freudian concept “penis envy” illogical and if this concept was even brought about so should “womb envy”. She believed sometimes boy’s do express a desire to have a baby, however it is not resulted in universal male “womb envy”.
This essay will use the movie Precious by Lee Daniels to illustrate Karen Horney’s main concepts relating to personality development. The social and cultural conditions experienced by Precious in her childhood will be discussed as well as how it shaped and developed her neurotic personality. Concepts such as basic anxiety, basic evil, neurotic needs, coping strategies and Horney’s self theory will be discussed and related to Precious’s life experiences and the relationships she has with her parents