Theory of Neurosis from Karen Horney

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The following is an essay is based on the theory of neurosis from Karen Horney, and applied to the lead character of the movie Precious. Precious, the movie is based on the life and times of a character, Clarisse Precious Jones, who was raised in Harlem in the late 1980’s. She was raped by her father from an early age, which is revealed closer to the end of the movie, and ends up having two children from him; one of which is a “mongoloid”. Her relationship with her mother is also on rocky round and her school isn’t accepting of who she is. As the movie progresses we see that Clarisse prefers to be called by her second name, Precious, as the movie is titled.
The term personality refers to the characteristics that one is made up of, the influences over time, and overall reactions that occur through different stimuli. It has been defined by different people as the theatrical mask we put on, the social dimension of the individual and the reference to who one really is. Scientifically it has been defined as the study of those things that make us individuals, or a pattern of relatively stable traits. Theorists such as Carl Rogers and Sigmund Freud, amongst others, focused on different aspects of what personality is and what it is made up of. Karen Horney’s theory of personality focuses around neurosis, which develops over time and is influenced by other factors in a person’s life. Neurosis is defined as “a relatively mild mental illness that is not caused by organic disease,

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