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Karen Horney
(16 Sep 1885 - 4 Dec 1952)

German-American psychologist and psychoanalyst who was a specialist on neuroses and how they grow. She disputed Freud's belief that mental ills were the result of thwarted basic drives.


Science Quotes by Karen Horney (5 quotes)

A perfectly normal person is rare in our civilization.
— Karen Horney
Quoted in obituary, Time magazine (15 Dec 1952).
Science quotes on:  |  Civilization (206)  |  Normal (28)  |  Person (363)  |  Rare (89)

Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.
— Karen Horney
The Collected Works of Karen Horney (1957), 154.
Science quotes on:  |  Action (328)  |  Concern (228)  |  Depression (25)

Fortunately analysis is not the only way to resolve inner conflicts. Life itself still remains a very effective therapist.
— Karen Horney
Our Inner Conflicts: A Constructive Theory of Neurosis (1945, 1999), 240.
Science quotes on:  |  Analysis (234)  |  Conflict (74)  |  Effective (59)  |  Inner (71)  |  Life (1799)  |  Remain (349)  |  Resolve (41)  |  Still (613)  |  Therapist (2)  |  Way (1216)

Like all sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men. (1926)
— Karen Horney
The Flight from Womanhood', Femine Psychology (1967). Quoted in Elaine Partnow, The Quotable Woman, 1800-1975 (1977), 197.
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We are too ready to accept others and ourselves as we are and to assume that we are incapable of change. We forget the idea of growth, or we do not take it seriously. There is no good reason why we should not develop and change until the last day we live. Psychoanalysis is one of the most powerful means of helping us to realize this aim.
— Karen Horney
In 'Dedication', American Journal of Psychoanalysis (1942), 35, 99-100. As quoted and cited in Milton M. Berger, Women Beyond Freud: New Concepts Of Feminine Psychology (2013).
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