Essay on The Biography Of Karen Horney

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The Biography of Karen Horney Karen Horney studied medicine at three different universities (Freiburg, Berlin, and Gottingen) and was awarded with her medical degree in 1911. From 1915 to 1920, she was involved in psychiatric work for several Berlin hospitals and soon after she became a part of the teaching staff of the New Berlin Psychiatric Institute. In the early stages of her career, she became intrigued with the study of psychoanalysis and began working with the protégé of Sigmund Freud, named Karl Abraham. While agreeing with most of the Freudian Theory, Horney had major disagreements over Freud’s opinion on female psychology. She rejected what she saw as male bias in psychoanalytic thought, arguing that the origin of female mental disturbance might lie in the male-dominated cultural background within which Freudian theory emerged. She launched the concept of “womb envy” stating that male envy of pregnancy, nursing, and motherhood—of women 's main role in producing and sustaining life—led men to declare superiority in other aspects of life. Horney suggested, "Is not the tremendous strength in men of the impulse to creative work in every field precisely due to their feeling of playing a relatively small part in the creation of living beings, which constantly impels them to an overcompensation in achievement?" In 1932, Horney moved to the United States to take on the position of Associate Director of Psychoanalysis in Chicago only to move to New York City two years…

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