Karen Horney Essay

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Karen Horney was born in Germany on September 16, 1885. Her parents were Clotilde and Berndt Danielson. Karen’s mother Clotilde had four children with her father. Her father then remarried a woman by the name of Sonni. Berndt and Sonni had a son which they named Brendt . Karen developed a crush on her brother Brendt at the age of nine but he turned her away. When she was nine Horney also thought to herself that since she was physically ugly she would use her intellectual qualities to get people’s attention. Even though she was seen to others as pretty. The neglect from her brother and low self-esteem led to Horney’s depression which would affect her for the rest of her life. In 1904 Horney’s stepmother divorced her father and left him to raise Horney and Brendlt by himself. “In 1906, Horney entered medical school against her parent's wishes. At medical school, she met Oscar Horney and married him in 1909. In 1910, she gave birth to Brigitte, the first of three daughters. Like her father, her husband disciplined his children harshly. She thought this was good, since it encouraged her children's independence. Her mother, Clotilde, died in 1911 and this brought more difficulties in her life. This is when she decided to explore psychoanalysis. In 1915, she followed Freudian analysis with Karl Abraham. She began to take patients for analysis in 1919 and worked at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Clinic and Institute until 1932. During this year she joined Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis. She published papers in the 1920s which described the topic of orthodox Freudians, especially with psychosexuality.” www.muskingum.edu/~psych/psycweb/history/horney.htm. In 1923, Horney’s husband Oscar, developed meningitis causing his business to shut down making it difficult for the family to be financially stabled. During this year, Horney's brother died at age forty of pulmonary
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