Neo-Freudian Psychologists: Karen Horney

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Neo-Freudian psychologists were people who were heavily influenced by Freud in their theories. These psychologists studied Freud’s theories in depth and later came to somewhat reject his views. They adapted portions of his theories, but changed certain aspects of his views to make it fit their personal beliefs and studies. Karen Horney was one of the more popularized Neo-Freudians of her time and still remains as one of the most famous ones in history. Her theories questioned some traditional Freudian views. This fact was very true of her theories of sexuality and of the instinct orientation of psychoanalysis. Horney is also credited with the founding of Feminist Psychology in response to Freud’s theory of penis envy. She disagreed with…show more content…
In 1904, Karen’s mother left her father but they never divorced. Karen, along with the other children, went with Sonni and left their father behind. In 1906, Karen entered a medical school that was supported by her mother but was opposed by her father. She relished at the idea to do the opposite of what he father wanted as she still harbored a hatred for him and his actions. The University of Freilburg, the school Horney attended, was one of the first institutions throughout Germany to enroll women in medical courses. This may very well explain Karen’s father’s opposition of the school as it rejected his patriarchal views on life and he was most likely filled with anger at seeing his own daughter escape from the chains of a patriarchal society. By 1908, Horney had transferred to the University of Gottingen, and would transfer once more to the University of Berlin before her graduation in 1913. While this may seem like a strange instance, attending multiple colleges and universities was common during the time period in order to obtain a basic medical education. Many people do not support Locker, but he has shown potential in his limited action. The real question that surrounds him is his durability. It was during her time as a medical student that she met Oscar Horney, whom she married by 1909. The following year Horney gave birth to a daughter, Brigitte, who was to be the first of three daughters. By this time, Karen had refined her
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