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W. W. Norton & Company, 1942 - Psychology - 280 pages
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In this book, Dr. Horney discusses the possibilities of self-analysis - to what extent individuals can use the techniques of psychoanalysis on their own to solve problems. She discusses the driving forces in the neuroses, the different stages of psychoanalytic understanding, the patient's and the analyst's share in the psychoanalytic process, occasional and systematic self-analysis, and the realistic expectations of undertaking self-analysis.

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User Review  - Bogdan Vaida - Goodreads

A good introduction into self analysis. The author teaches by showing sample sessions but I would have loved a more structured system (or at least a bottom-up approach). Read full review

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User Review  - Steve Woods - Goodreads

This is a very useful book, I am surprised that it was written so long ago and that it has received so little attention. As a person coping with a severely abusive childhood and complex ptsd as a ... Read full review

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Feasibility and Desirability of SelfAnalysis
The Driving Forces in Neuroses
Stages of Psychoanalytic Understanding
The Patients Share in the Psychoanalytic Process
The Analysts Share in the Psychoanalytic Process
Occasional SelfAnalysis
Systematic SelfAnalysis Preliminaries
Systematic SelfAnalysis of a Morbid Dependency
Spirit and Rules of Systematic SelfAnalysis
Dealing with Resistances
Limitations of SelfAnalysis

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Page 6 - ... injuring their relationships with others. As will happen when any new vista is opened up, the significance of this new orientation was at first overrated. It was frequently declared, and the opinion is still widespread, that analysis is the only means of furthering personality growth. Needless to say, that is not true. Life itself is the most effective help for our development.

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Karen Danielsen Horney was a German-born American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. Educated at the universities of Freiburg, Gottingen, and Berlin, she practiced in Europe until 1932, when she moved to the United States. Initially, she taught at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, but with others broke away in 1941 to found the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. Horney took issue with several orthodox Freudian teachings, including the Oedipus complex, the death instinct, and the inferiority of women. She thought that classical psychoanalytic theory overemphasized the biological sources of neuroses. Her own theory of personality stressed the sociological determinants of behavior and viewed the individual as capable of fundamental growth and change.

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