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PSYC 4520Karen Horney – Class NotesShe had married a man not unlike her fatherHusband was an abusive father towards the childrenTheories of PersonalityNeurosisBest theory have neurosis we haveSaw it as more continuous with normal life than previous theoristsSpecifically, she saw neurosis as an attempt to make life bearable as a way tointerpersonal control and copingPatternsIn her clinical experience, she discerned ten particular patterns of neurotic needsThey r based on things that we all needAffection and ApprovalThe need becomes unrealistic/unreasonable/indiscriminateNeurotic lifestyle would expect affection 24-7Neurotic’s needs a way more intense and will experience great anxiety if the needs arentmet.This leads to the unrealistic nature of the needThe neurotic has made the need too central in their lifeNeurotic NeedsAffection and approvalNeed for a partnerNeed for powerNeed for narrow limits of lifeUndemanding, satisfied with little, to be inconscpicuiousCoping StrategiesCopingBegan to see that these needs correlated withComplianceNeed for affection/approval/partner/narrow limits of lifeBasic anxiety that overcomes basic hostility has its origins in fears of abandonment orpunishment
abandonment/punishment issues due to expericences during early yrs of childhoodIf in fact “basic hostility” must be hidden and the victim of parental indifference must

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