Neurosis and Human Growth

Neurosis and Human Growth

The Struggle Toward Self-realization

Book - 1991
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One of the most original psychoanalysts after Freud, Karen Horney pioneered such now-familiar concepts as alienation, self-realization, and the idealized image, and she brought to psychoanalysis a new understanding of the importance of culture and environment. In Newurosis and Human Growth, Dr. Horney discusses the neurotic process as a special form of human development, the antithesis of healthy growth. She unfolds the different stages of this situation, describing neurotic claims, the tyranny of inner dictates, and the neurotic's solutions for relieving the tensions of conflict in such emotional attitudes as domination, self-effacement, dependency, or resignation. Throughout, she outlines with penetrating insight the forces that work for and against the person's realization of his or her potentialities.
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1991
ISBN: 9780393307757
Branch Call Number: 616.852 H816n 1991
Characteristics: 391 p. ; 21 cm


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" In dreams we are closest to ourselves." " Only when the hopelessness adn the intensity of self-contempt abates, can the unconstructive self pity turn into a constructive sympathy with self." " The neurotic pseudo-solutions, though resenting attempts at reintegration, deprive one of autonomy because of having become compulsive ways of living." "Neurotic claims, in terms of self, mean the abandoning of spontaneous energies." " There are active moves against the real self, as expressed in self-hates...Amnesia..factors precipitating the feelings of un -reality are usually severe injuries to pride together with an acute increase of self-contempt, exceeding what is tolerable for the particular person."


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