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Our Inner Conflicts: A Constructive Theory of Neurosis Paperback – 1966


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  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated; (10th) edition (1966)
  • ASIN: B000GYRDUU
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 23, 2010
Karen Horney (1885-1952) was a German psychoanalyst and psychiatrist, who is sometimes classified as "Neo-Freudian," although she questioned many of Freud's theories (particularly about psychosexual development).

She stated in the Preface to this 1945 book, "This book ... has grown out of my experience in analytical work with my patients and with myself... It is my hope that the book will be useful to psychoanalysts who are seriously interested in improving our theory and therapy. I hope also that they will not only make the ideas presented here available to their patients but apply them to themselves as well."

Here are some quotations from the book:

"Though severe neuroses belong in the hands of experts, I still believe that with untiring effort we can ourselves go a long way toward disentangling our own conflicts." (Pg. 8)
"My own starting point was a different one. Freud's postulations in regard to feminine psychology set me thinking about the role of cultural factors. Their influence on our ideas of what constitutes masculinity or femininity was obvious, as it became just as obvious to me that Freud had arrived at certain erroneous conclusions because he failed to take them into account." (Pg. 11-12)
"My contention is that the conflict born of incompatible attitudes constitutes the core of neurosis and therefore deserves to be called basic." (Pg. 47)
"The task of therapy, therefore, is to make the patient aware of his idealized image in all its detail, to assist him in gradually understanding all its functions and subjective values, and to show him the suffering that it invariably entails." (Pg. 114)
"If analysts decide what needs analytical examination and what does not, do they not really proceed on the basis of the very judgments they consciously reject? ... Thus an analyst may feel that a man's philandering need not be analyzed, while a woman's deserves scrutiny." (Pg. 177)
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