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Self-Analysis Paperback – January 23, 2013
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In this book, Dr. Horney discusses the possibilities of self-analysis - to what extent individuals can use the techniques of psychoanalysis on their own to solve problems. She discusses the driving forces in the neuroses, the different stages of psychoanalytic understanding, the patient's and the analyst's share in the psychoanalytic process, occasional and systematic self-analysis, and the realistic expectations of undertaking self-analysis.
About the Author
Karen Horney (1885-1952) was one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the twentieth century. Her books include Neurosis and Human Growth, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time, New Ways in Psychoanalysis, Our Inner Conflicts, Self-Analysis, Feminine Psychology, Final Lectures, and, as editor, Are You Considering Psychoanalysis?
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To find out if Horney's thinking resonates with you, begin by reading Chapter Two, The Driving Forces in Neuroses and the first part of Chapter Three covering the Stages of Understanding in Clare's analysis (pp. 35-82). (Clare is a rather remarkable woman whose work on herself inspired Horney to write this book. Her story is compelling and her issues are not the least bit out of date.) If you recognize yourself or others in these pages, proceed to Chapter Six, Occasional Self-Analysis (pp. 138-158) and Chapter Eight, Systematic Self-Analysis of a Morbid Dependency (pp. 173-224). These parts of this book will tell you whether you want to read more of Horney's books. I would recommend Our Inner Conflicts: A Constructive Theory of Neurosis as the logical next step.
The remainder of the book is primarily a defense of the notion that Self-Analysis is possible and desirable. Her intended readers here are her fellow professionals, whom she expects to be rather skeptical.
If Horney were writing today, I suspect that she would substitute Therapist for Analyst and Client for Patient in this book. In addition, she would not feel the need to point out the differences between herself and Freud, Jung, etc. Otherwise, her words are crisp and clear and could have been written today.