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Карен Хорни

Дата рождения: 16. Сентябрь 1885
Дата смерти: 4. Декабрь 1952

Ка́рен Хо́рни — американский психоаналитик и психолог, одна из ключевых фигур неофрейдизма. Акцентировала значение воздействия окружающей социальной среды на формирование личности. Основу мотивации человека она усматривала в чувстве тревоги, которое заставляет человека стремиться к безопасности, и в котором заключена потребность в самореализации.

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„Согласно моему опыту, реальное отсутствие теплоты чаще маскируется, чем проявляется открыто, и родители утверждают, что учитывают в первую очередь интересы ребенка.“

„Ребенок может вынести очень многое из того, что часто относится к травматическим факторам, — внезапное отнятие от груди, периодические побои, переживания на сексуальной почве, — но все это до тех пор, пока в душе он чувствует, что является желанным и любимым.“


„Он ненавидит себя не потому, что его упреки к себе отчасти верны, напротив, он обвиняет себя потому, что ненавидит себя.“ из книги "Невроз и личностный рост" 1950г.

„If you want to be proud of yourself, then do things in which you can take pride“ Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization

„To find a mountain path all by oneself gives a greater feeling of strength than to take a path that is shown.“ Self-Analysis

„Rationalization may be defined as self-deception by reasoning.“

„A perfectly normal person is rare in our civilization.“

„Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.“


„No one … can entirely step out of his time, that despite his keenness of vision his thinking is in many ways bound to be influenced by the mentality of his time“

„Many such relations are carried on under the camouflage of love, that is, under a subjective conviction of attachment, when actually the love is only the person's clinging to others to satisfy his own needs.“

„There is no good reason why we should not develop and change until the last day we live.“

„If a person has had sufficient courage to discover an unpleasant truth about himself, one may safely trust his courage to be strong enough to carry him through.“ Self-Analysis


„It is naturally a sign of inner liberation when a patient can squarely recognize his difficulties and take them with a grain of humor. But some patients at the beginning of analysis make incessant jokes about themselves, or exaggerate their difficulties in so dramatic a way that they will appear funny, while they are at the same time absurdly sensitive to any criticism. In these instances humor is used to take the sting out of an otherwise unbearable shame.“ Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization

„Whether we forget something we are not proud of, or embellish it, or blame somebody else, we want to save face by not owning up to shortcomings.“ Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization

„Even though godlike in his imagination, he still lacks the earthy self-confidence of a simple shepherd.“ Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization

„Patients coming for consultation complain about headaches, sexual disturbances, inhibitions in work, or other symptoms; as a rule, they do not complain about having lost touch with the core of their psychic existence.“ Neurosis and Human Growth: The Struggle Towards Self-Realization

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