Personality Differences Between Horney And Jung

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Interview with personality theorists, Horney & Jung.
Horney:
1. What do you think Freud "just didn't get" about the psychology of women?
I disagreed with Freud’s views of women. Freud felt strongly that women had “penis envy”, and were jealous of the simple fact that men had a penis. Freud believed that because of this, women were inferior to men. I disagreed, and introduced my own concept, “Womb envy” (Shultz &Shultz, 2009). If anyone had a reason to be envious, it was men, for their inability to bare children. Freud also believed that males and females were born with differing personalities, disregarding the impact and influence of culture, society, and the environment (Heffner, 2017). I believe men and women are equals, and I view both
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How did you try to overcome that gap?
Regarding womb envy, I believe there is a sense of inadequacy felt by men, because women have the ability to bring new life into the world. It is my opinion that men compensate for this by striving to succeed in other aspects of their lives, i.e., their career and financial success. Freud’s stance on males/females being born with personality differences is absurd, as I believe personality development is less biological, and more so shaped by the world around us (Heffner, 2017).
3. How do you feel your work has had an impact on psychology as you see it?
In a field dominated by men, developments brought forth through the work of women, were often brushed aside and ignored. I believe it was my challenging Freud’s theories that made other theorists take an interest in the psychology of women, and for that, I am proud (Cherry, 2017).
4. Please explain your discoveries for Neuroticism.
Neuroticism is a personality trait associated with anxiety. Individuals with neurotic tendencies often develop “needs”, as a way to cope with the symptoms related to anxiety. The most common needs I have identified are:
• The need for affection or
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We had an instant connection, I looked to Freud as a father figure, and he thought of me as a son. However, as I began to develop differing ideas, and expressed to Freud my own theory of personality, Freud was displeased, and our friendship ceased (Shultz & Shultz, 2009).
2. What was the most important thing you learned about the human psyche through your exploration of various cultures?
Through my exploration, I learned that all cultures exhibit certain traits and themes which are important to them and represent who they are. It is these cultural themes that encompass the archetypes of the collective unconscious (Car Jung, 2017).
3. How do you feel your work has had an impact on psychology as you see it today?
My approach to psychology is unique, as it stresses the importance of understanding the psyche through exploring dreams, art, mythology, religion and philosophy. I believe my work will influence how mental health professionals understand the psyche, thus enhancing their ability to successfully address and treat client ailments as well as improve treatment outcomes (Carl Jung,

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