Essay on Early Social Histories Of Sigmund Freud And Karen Horney

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Though there was noted inconsistency with regards to the literature reviewed of the early social histories of Sigmund Freud and Karen Horney (nee Danielson), observed similarities did exist between these two theorists that later held distinction in their approach to personality. The theorists’ mothers were significantly younger than their fathers, and of second and third marriage to the fathers’; Freud and Horney had one biological sibling of the opposite sex, as well as multiple half-siblings. As young children, they were regarded as bright and found themselves entering the field of medicine where they both engaged in professional development amongst experienced mentors in the field of neurophysiology (Josef Breuer with Freud) and psychoanalysis (Karl Abraham with Horney) (Boeree, 2014; Freidman & Schustack, 2012). While their professional life represented the study and implementation of psychoanalysis, Karen Horney personal experiences changed her view of Freud’s perspective in turn offering a neo-analysis that emphasized the ego as well as the influence of society and culture.
The following paper will review the key elements of Freud and Horney’s theories, as well as to determine areas of agreement and disagreement amongst the two, along with a reflection on Karen Horney’s attempts of offering enhancements to Sigmund Freud’s perspective.
Freud was the founder for psychoanalytic approach to understanding personality, which began its inception during the clinical…

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