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Introduction to “Psychoanalysis and Everyday Living” series, based on Horney’s theory. 7 min.

Karen Horney (1950|1945): “Overemphasis on Love.” 1 hr 20 min.

Karen Horney (1950|1946): “Sadistic Characteristics of Love Life” 39 min.

“Neurosis of Childhood.” 29 min.

“Guidance of Child Development.” 28 min.

“Problems of Adolescence.” 29 min.

“Oldest and Youngest Child.” 32 min.

“Personality Development: The Only Child.” 58 min.

“The Role of Sex in the Life of Man.” 43 min.

“Masculinity and Femininity.” 35 min.

“Neurotic Pessimism.” 34 min.

NEW! Authors who extend or draw on Horneyan Theory

NEW! Translations of Horney’s Books

NEW! Tershakovec's Extension of Horneyan Theory

Other Resources that draw on Horney

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Essays & Excerpts

Karen HorneyOveremphasis on Love (audio)
Karen HorneySadism in Love Life (audio)
Renate HorneyLazarus, What’s Next?
Abdul BaseerMimetic or Semiotic?
FL Coolidge et alHorney’s Tridimensional Theory
Thomas FarrellResurrecting Horneyan Thinking
Bernard ParisWhy Study Horney?
Bernard ParisHorney’s Vision of the Self
Bernard ParisInterdisciplinary Applications
Robert TuckerStalin Biographer’s Memoir
Marcia WestkottFemale Relationality, Idealization
Jerome WagnerKaren Horney & the Enneagram
Anthony K. ShinHorney & Active Inference
Anthony K. ShinHorney & Korean Soap Opera
Anthony K. ShinHorney & Korean Film

Related Publications


Creative Writing

Celia Hunt (2013), Transformative Learning through Creative Life Writing: Exploring the self in the learning process. New York, NY: Routledge. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com.


Jeff Mitchell (2014), Individualism and Moral Character: Karen Horney’s Depth Psychology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com. Also available as an e-book on Google Play.

Anthony M. Benis (2014), Toward Self & Sanity: On the Origins of the Human Character, Second Edition. Lulu.com (e-book); New York, NY: Psychological Dimensions: Wesden (print volume, 1985). Available as an e-book on Lulu.com and on the iTunes iBookstore.


Jacqueline Simon Gunn and Brent Potter (2015), Borderline Personality Disorder: New Perspectives on a Stigmatizing and Overused Diagnosis. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com. Also available as an e-book on Google Play.

Jacqueline Simon Gunn and Carlo DeCarlo (2014), Bare: Psychotherapy Stripped. New York, NY: University Press Publishers. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com. Also available as an e-book on Google Play.

Darlene Lancer (2014), Conquering Shame and Codependency: 8 Steps to Freeing the True You. Center City, MN: Hazelden. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com. Also available as an e-book on Google Play.

Jack Danielian and Patricia Gianotti (2012), Listening with Purpose: Entry Points into Shame and Narcissistic Vulnerability. Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com.

Jacquline Simon Gunn (2010), In the Therapist’s Chair. Bloomington, IN: Xlibris. Available as an e-book on Google Play.

Irvin D. Yalom (2009), The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients. New York: Harper Perennial. Available as an e-book on Google Play, in Barnes & Noble Nook format, and Amazon Kindle format.

Andrew N. Tershakovec (2007), The Mind: The Power that Changed the Planet. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com.

Irving Solomon (2006), Karen Horney and Character Disorder: A Guide for the Modern Practitioner. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, Inc. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com.

Daniel L. Segal, Frederick L. Coolidge, and Erlene Rosowsky (2006), Personality Disorders and Older Adults. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Available in Kindle format on Amazon.com.

History and Biography

Lawrence J. Friedman (2013), The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet. New York: Columbia University Press. Also available in Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play, and Kindle e-book formats.

Jennifer Leigh Selig (2012), Integration: The Psychology and Mythology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and His (Unfinished) Therapy With the Soul of America. Carpinteria, CA: Mandorla Books. Available in Kindle format from Amazon.com.

Marcus Wiesner (2002), with an introduction by Norman Simms, Destruction Artist: An Interpretive Study of Adolph Hitler. Hamilton, New Zealand: Outrigger Publishers.

Robin L. Benton (1994), The prophetic voice of Karen Horney in the evolution of psychoanalytic female developmental theory-from Freud to contemporary revisionists. Dissertation Abstracts International Section A, Vol. 55, 1995, 3990.

Bernard J. Paris (1994), Karen Horney: A Psychoanalyst’s Search for Self-Understanding. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Robert C. Tucker (1990), Stalin In Power: The Revolution From Above, 1928–1941. New York: W. W. Norton & Co.

Susan Quinn (1987), A Mind of Her Own: The Life of Karen Horney. New York, NY: Summit Books.

Betty Glad (1980), Jimmy Carter in Search of the Great White House. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co., Inc.

Jack L. Rubins (1978), Karen Horney: Gentle Rebel of Psychoanalysis. New York, NY: Dial Press.

Robert C. Tucker (1973), Stalin as Revolutionary, 1879–1929: A Study in History and Personality. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Co.

Robert C. Tucker (1961), Philosophy and Myth in Karl Marx. London, U.K. and New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

David M. Potter (1954), People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character. Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press.

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Karen Horney

NYC Municipal Archives:

“Overemphasis on Love”

“Sadistic Characteristics of Love Life”

Brief Account of Karen Horney

Karen Horney & Humanistic Psychoanalysis

Bibliography of Karen Horney’s Writings

The Karen Horney Papers at Yale

Publications About or Employing Horney

Presentation by M. H. Eckardt in Hawai‘i

O. Gelfman on attachment-based therapy

FL Coolidge et al. (2013) “Are alexithymia and schizoid personality disorder synonymous diagnoses?”
FL Coolidge et al. (2008) “A new five factor model of psychopathology: Preliminary psychometric characteristics of the five-dimensionalpersonality test (5DPT)”
FL Coolidge et al. (2004) “The predictive power of Horney’s psychoanalytic approach: an empirical study”
FL Coolidge et al. (2001) “On the relationship between Karen Horney’s tripartite neurotic type theory and personality disorder features.”
FL Coolidge et al. (2001) “An empirical investigation of Jung's types and personality disorder features.”
FL Coolidge          (1999–2005) Horney-Coolidge Tridimensional Inventory: Manual.
Coolidge & Segal (1998) “Evolution of personality disorder diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.”

Jeffrey B. Rubin (2014). “Each Individual is a Surprise: A Conversation with Marianne Horney Eckardt.”
Marianne Eckardt  (2011). “The use of the telephone to extend our therapeutic availability.”
Marianne Eckardt  (2008). Introduction to “Reconciliation: the continuing role of theory,” by Leo Rangell, and “American psychoanalysis today: plurality of orthodoxies,” by Arnold M. Cooper.
Marianne Eckardt  (2006). “Karen Horney: a portrait.”
Marianne Eckardt  (2006). “Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry.”
Renate Patterson  (2006). “The Child Within: Karen Horney on Vacation.”
Marianne Eckardt  (2005). “The 120th anniversary, Karen Horney, September 16, 1885. Karen Horney: a portrait.”
Alfonso & Eckardt (2005). “EPILOGUE: creativity and polysemy—on the limits of pathography, psychobiography and art criticism.”
Marianne Eckardt  (2002). “Walter Bonime’s legacy: principal contributions.”

Contact Bernard J. Paris, bjparis@ufl.edu  
Contact Anthony K. Shin, cafein81@karenhorney.org