Karen Horney

By Jenna Ronken

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Date of Birth & Death

  • Karen Horney was born in 1885 in Germany.
  • She died in 1952 in New York City at the age of 67.


  • Karen graduated from the University of Berlin where she earned her medical degree.
  • She later married and had three children.
  • Eventually she moved to the US with her family.
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Contribution to Psychology

  • Karen challenged male bias in Freud's psychoanalytic theory and proposed a socialcultural approach.
  • She founded feminist psychology which focuses on social structures and gender.
  • She also made significant contributions to humanism and psychoanalysis (system of psychological theory that aims at treating mental disorders).