Karen Horney


Background and Facts

-Had a brother named Berndt

-Dealt with depression at a young age

-devoted herself to school because she thought she was ugly

-Started medical school in 1906

-Went to Humboldt University of Berlin and Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg

-Married Oscar Horney in 1909

-Had three daughters: Brigitte, Marianne, Renate

-Left her husband, taking her three daughters, after finishing school to come to New York

Life Time

She was born on September 16, 1885 in Germany

She died on December 4, 1952 in New York

Psychology Contributions

-Started by rejecting Sigmund Freuds theory of penis envy. It was a term used by men when they were angry at women to say that women were jealous of their man parts.

-Came back with the term of womb envy to oppose Sigmund Freud

-By opposing his theory, she contributed to psychoanalysis which is studying the mind to try and treat mental and emotional disorders. Also studies the role of the unconscious mind