This series of volumes, originally published between and , includes works by key figures such as C.G. Jung, Sigmund Freud, Jean Piaget, Otto. Conflicting Identities and Multiple Masculinities takes as its focus the construction of masculinity in Western Europe from the early Middle Ages until the fifteenth. The Neurotic Personality of Our Time: Karen Horney: produced her major theoretical works, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time () and New Ways in .

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Return to Book Page. One of the most original psychoanalysts after Freud, Karen Horeny pioneered such now-familiar concepts as alienation, self-realization, and the idealized image, and she brought to psychoanalysis a lur understanding of the importance of culture and environment. In this book, Karen Horney explores the basic structure of neuroses in the context of their cultural assumptions.

Her topics range from the neurotic need for affection, to guilt feelings and the quest for power, prestige and possession. Horney maintains that the conflicts found in neurotic persons in a given culture correspond to to the ways of life characteristic of that culture.

The Neurotic Personality of Our Time

She writes for example, ” It is only under definite cultural conditions that we find domineering or self- sacrificing mothers, and it is also only because of these existing conditions that such an experience will have an influence on later life. Paperbackpages. Norton Company first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Also Horney suggest that Self-Analysis can be used with classic psychoanalysis …more same as classic psychoanalysis free association and Dream Analysis.

Also Horney suggest that Self-Analysis can be tike with classic psychoanalysis process. Horney was clinician and her theory uses her observation from her clinical experiences. So every book of Horney has information about psychoanalitic techniques and process.

Essays and Lectures” less. Lists with This Book. Jun 19, Ludvig Rillis Chandless rated it it was amazing. This is the book that changed my life. I’d been an extremely neurotic person most of my life and this book described me oug a T. I was in Olin Library on the Cornell campus when I sat down to read this book and couldn’t put it down.

A great weight was lifted of my shoulders, but it took years of very hard work to make progress and the work continues to this day. Aug 17, Tom rated oue it was amazing. Pretty much everyone you know, including yourself, is described in detail here, sadly. Should be taught in grade schools. Nov 02, Sharareh rated it really liked it. Mar 05, Michelle Fields rated it it was amazing. I think this woman is the biggest genius in psychology. Aug 19, Ebrbnbrl added it. Or his striving for power may be connected with some particular cause: The neurotic striving for power, however, is born out of anxiety, hatred and feelings of inferiority.

To put it categorically, the normal strivi “The feeling of power, for example, may in a normal person be born of the realization of his own superior strength, whether it be physical strength or ability, mental capacities, maturity or wisdom. To put it categorically, the normal striving for power is born of strength, the neurotic of weakness”. This example illustrated the typical factors that combine to generate a neurotic ambition: Nor should others recognize it, because if they do there is a danger of losing their affection.

If a lover or husband does not exactly live up to expectations, if he is late, does not telephone, goes out of town, a neurotic woman feels that he does not love her. Instead of recognizing that what she feels is plain anger reaction to a lack of compliance with wishes of her own, which as often as not are inarticulate, she interprets the situation as evidence that she is unwanted”.


The more a person, whether a man or woman, is incapable of such giving in, the more unsatisfactory will be his love relationships. This sane factor may have a bearing also on frigidity, inasmuch as having an orgasm presupposes just this capacity of complete letting go.

Depending on which striving is dominant, this hostility takes the form of a tendency to domineer, a tendency to humiliatey or a tendency to deprive others. What actually takes place, however, is that the neurotic’s hostility is pressed into civilized forms and breaks out when he does not succeed in having his own way.

This may manifest itself in depression or fatigue. This may then result in such inhibitions as an inability to give orders, to be decisive, to express a precise opinion, with the result that the neurotic often appears unduly compliant.

This in turn leads him to mistake his inhibitions for an innate softness. This desire is paramount in those persons whose own self-esteem has been wounded by humiliation and personaliyt have thus become vindictive.

Usually they have karem through a ppersonality of humiliating experiences in childhood, experienced that may have had to do either with the social situation in which they grew up such as belonging to minority group, or being themselves poor but having wealthy relatives or with their own individual situation, such as being ohrney against for the sake of other children, being spurned, being treated as a plaything by the parents, being sometimes spoiled and other times shamed and snubbed.

Often experiences of this kind are forgotten because nrurotic their personaljty character, but they reappear in awareness if the problems concerning humiliation are clarified. In adult neurotics, however, never the direct but only the indirect results of these childhood situations can be observed, results which have been reinforced by passing through a “vicious circle”: This is true in erotic as in all other relationships.

A neurotic of this type may be frank and natural with men for whom she does not care, but feel embarrassed and constrained toward a man whom she wants to like her, because, for her, obtaining his affection is identified with getting something out of him. Adler, however, assumed these strivings to be the foremost trend in human nature, not in themselves requiring any explanation; their intensification in neurotics he traces back to feelings of inferiority and to physic inadequacies.

In reality his own success is of the utmost importance to him; but since he has strong inhibitions toward success -as we shall see later- the only way that remains open to him is to be, or at least to feel, superior: Consequently he wavers in his personaliry between feeling great and feeling worthless.

At any minute he may shift from one extreme to the other. At the same time that he feels most convinced of his exceptional value he may be astonished that anyone take him seriously. Or personakity the same time that he feels miserable and down-trodden he may feel furious that anyone should think him in need of help.

Hid sensitivity can be compared with that of a person who is sore all over his body and flinches at the slightest touch. He easily feels hurt, despised, neglected, slighted, and reacts with proportionate vindictive resentment. Sometimes it shows in a constant fear of annoying people; the neurotic may be afraid, for example, to refuse an invitation, disagree with an opinion, express any wishes, fail to conform to the given standards, be in any way conspicuous.

It may appear in a constant fear of people finding out about him; even when he feels he is liked his inclination is to withdraw in order to forestall being found out and dropped. It also may come out in an inordinate reluctance to let others know anything about his own private affairs, or in a disproportionate anger at any harmless questions concerning himself, because he feels that such questions are attempts to pry into his affairs. May 12, Barbara R.


Pefsonality rated it it was amazing. After reading this book, I have a deeper understanding of why I was so miserable in my early 20s! Sep 01, Arash Mehrkesh rated it really liked it. Aug 06, David rated it it was amazing. Jul 01, Derek Baldwin rated it it was amazing.

I read this in the hope that it would offer me some insights into aspects of my own character and it has definitely done so. I’ll be looking out for more of Karen Horney’s work for sure. The cultural dimension, and some tactful but firm criticism of Freud’s theories, are especially valuable. Aug 09, Lena Rakhimova rated it it was amazing. Great examples of personalities and the picture of neurosis development, descriptive clarification of culture influence of development of person.

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Dec 03, Christine rated it really liked it. Tue tells me that I added this book in Octoberbut I’m fairly certain that I’ve been reading it sinceslowly.

The original version of this book was published in and this reissue is fromthough it seems to have been printed recently. I have to say that I was surprised to find how relevant this book seems to be to the psychological challenges of modern life.

I would have thought that many of the issues that we have today have developed relatively recently, such as for Goodreads iaren me personalitt I added this book in Ppersonalitybut I’m fairly certain that I’ve been reading it sinceslowly.

I would have thought that many of the issues that we have today have developed relatively recently, such as for example the challenges of living in an individualistic society, and one with conspicuous consumption.

But lo and behold, the term conspicuous consumption was coined in Horney summarises that she believes that there are contradictions in modern culture that underlie typical neurotic conflicts. While everyone has to laren with these contradictions, some do not manage them as well as others.

The first contradiction is between competition and success, and brotherly love and humility. The second is between the stimulation of our needs and factual frustrations in satisfying them.

The third is between the alleged freedom of the individual and factual limitations. I found it surprising how relevant her insights from the s are to life today, and I was therefore surprised how old our modern social culture seems to be! As others have said, as you read through this book you can spot your own neurotic behaviours and those of people around you. I believe that this kind of spotting might seem distasteful to some people, but to me the reality of life is that we all do strange things some of the time, and it’s good to have some insight into possible underlying causes of behaviours.

I think having such an awareness is valuable so that we can all give one another a little grace when necessary! I would definitely recommend it to others, even if it can be a little slow going at times. Oct 09, Eric Aguirre rated it it was amazing Shelves: Para nuestra psicoanalista alemana el lugar, la familia y el entorno en que hayas nacido, se convierte en el principal productor de neurosis en las personas.

Sep 21, Cmoreglass rated it really liked it. According to this book, my personality is quite a neurotic one, which makes me panicked. Some observations and views are too acute to bear, but I always prefer to know and to face the truth as long as it is true.

Very insightful and enlightening book.