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Karen Horney

Data di nascita: 16. Settembre 1885
Data di morte: 4. Dicembre 1952

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Karen Horney è stata una psichiatra e psicoanalista tedesca di origine olandese e norvegese.

Operò prevalentemente negli Stati Uniti, ed assieme ad Harry Stack Sullivan è considerata una delle fondatrici dell'approccio interpersonale in psichiatria. Le sue teorie contrastarono alcune visioni tradizionali della psicoanalisi freudiana, come la teoria della sessualità e la psicologia genetica, inserendo un'ottica di genere all'interno della riflessione psicoanalitica. Importanti anche i suoi studi sull'autoanalisi.

La Horney evidenziò ampiamente come il comportamento e lo psichismo individuale fossero influenzati molto più dalle condizioni socioculturali che da fattori innati o genetici. Si occupò anche di definire in maniera più attenta il problema del confine tra normalità e patologia.

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„A person so shut out from every possibility of happiness would have to be a veritable angel if he did not feel hatred toward a world he cannot belong to.“

—  Karen Horney
Context: [The neurotic] feels caught in a cellar with many doors, and whichever door he opens leads only into new darkness. And all the time he knows that others are walking outside in sunshine. I do not believe that one can understand any severe neurosis without recognizing the paralyzing hopelessness which it contains. … It may be difficult then to see that behind all the odd vanities, demands, hostilities, there is a human being who suffers, who feels forever excluded from all that makes life desirable, who knows that even if he gets what he wants he cannot enjoy it. When one recognizes the existence of all this hopelessness it should not be difficult to understand what appears to be an excessive aggressiveness or even meanness, unexplainable by the particular situation. A person so shut out from every possibility of happiness would have to be a veritable angel if he did not feel hatred toward a world he cannot belong to. The Neurotic Personality of Our Time (1937), pp. 227–228

„It is amazing how obtuse otherwise intelligent patients can become when it is a matter of seeing the inevitability of cause and effect in psychic matters.“

—  Karen Horney
Context: It is amazing how obtuse otherwise intelligent patients can become when it is a matter of seeing the inevitability of cause and effect in psychic matters. I am thinking of rather self-evident connections such as these: if we want to achieve something, we must put in work; if we want to become independent, we must strive toward assuming responsibility for ourselves. Or: so long as we are arrogant, we will be vulnerable. Or: so long as we do not love ourselves, we cannot possibly believe that others love us, and must by necessity be suspicious toward any assertion of love. Patients presented with such sequences of cause and effect may start to argue, to become befogged or evasive. Neurosis and Human Growth (1950), Chapter 2, Neurotic Claims

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„If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride“

—  Karen Horney, Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization

„Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning.“

—  Karen Horney
Our Inner Conflicts (1945) http://encarta.msn.com/quote_561555562/Reason_Rationalization_may_be_defined_as.html

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