OUR INNER CONFLICTS by Karen Horney

OUR INNER CONFLICTS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

I know of no other writer today in the field of psychoanalysis with a directness, a clarity, a reasonableness devoid of professional jargon and technical trim which equals that of Karen Horney -- whose New Ways in Psychoanalysis was an important modern contribution. Originally a Freudian, Dr. Horney has eradicated the Freudian extremes, presents psychiatric problems in recognizable, everyday terms. This book concerns various types of personalities and conflicts, reducing the basic conflict to incompatible human relationships -- the neurotic moving toward, away, or against people in the too compliant, too aggressive, or over-detached types. The neurotic's false solutions or escapes (the idealized image, externalization or the shifting of responsibility to others, self deceptions and defenses, etc.); the results of unresolved conflicts, fears, waste of human energies, hopelessness, sadism, impoverishment of the personality. Dr. Horney believes that the resolution of conflicts can be accomplished only by changing those conditions within the personality that brought them into being -- and this is of course largely through analysis. For the special field -- but within that, outstanding.

Pub Date: Sept. 28th, 1945
Publisher: Norton