Need help with my writing homework on Women In Psychology- Karen Horney. Write a 1500 word paper answering; Besides her biological brother, Karen was the youngest of four other siblings from her father’s previous marriage. In her biography, Karen alludes to having a strained relationship with her father. She claimed that her father openly showed his favouritism towards her brother despite him showering her with gifts purchased during his ship voyages. Feeling deprived of her father’s affection, Karen’s attachment towards her mother grew stronger. As a result, it was only natural for her to move with her mother after her parent’s separation in 1904.
In 1906, Karen enrolled in The University of Freiburg to study medicine, a decision supported by her liberal mother and opposed by her traditional, narrow-minded father. From a very tender age (9 years) Karen sought to grow her intellect staying clear of stereotypical attitudes about women’s innate predisposition to focus on their appearance. Her rebelliousness strengthened her resolve to pursue medicine as a profession, which was a male-dominated field. It was while in school that she met her husband Oscar Horney whom she married in 1909, and together they had three daughters with the firstborn Brigitte born in 1910. Just like her father, Oscar was an authoritarian patriarch who ran the household in a strict manner. Karen approved of his parenting style believing it encouraged independence in her daughters as she hailed from a similar background. In 1911 her mother died, which significantly affected Karen arousing her interest in psychoanalysis. In 1920, she became a lecturer in Berlin at the Institute of Psychoanalysis. She faced major setbacks in 1923, which included her brother’s death and Oscar’s tragic meningitis diagnosis shortly after his business collapsed. In 1926, she left Oscar and in 1930 she moved to Brooklyn in the US where she met intellectuals such as Harry S. Sullivan and Eric Fromm. In 1937, Karen published her book titled “The Neurotic Personality of our Time”. She led a productive life in the US where she finally died in 1952.