Karen Horney

International Karen Horney Society

In collaboration with J. Allan Hobson, M.D.

Established in 1991 by Bernard J. Paris

NEW! Translations of Horney’s Books

“Overemphasis on Love.” 1 hr 20 min.

“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.

Karen Horney Papers (Yale), Finding Aid

Karen Horney Papers (BPSI), Finding Aid

Authors who extend or draw on Horneyan Theory

Tershakovec's Extension of Horneyan Theory

Other Resources that draw on Horney

2016 marks 15 years since the establishment of the IKHS website in 2001 and 25 years since the founding of the IKHS by Bernard J. Paris in 1991. This year, we forge connections with J. Allan Hobson’s theory of dreaming consciousness. His theory reinforces Horney’s with neurobiological girders and the realistic models of dreaming and of mind that were absent in her time.

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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 Books

Fiction, Creative Writing

Jacqueline Simon Gunn (2015), Circle of Betrayal: A Novel (Close Enough To Kill Series) (Volume 1). CreateSpace Publishing. Available in paperback and in Kindle editions.

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.

Celia Hunt (2008), Therapeutic Dimensions of Autobiography in Creative Writing (Arts Therapies). London, U.K. and Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Marcus Wiesner (2008), The Murder Artist: A Novel. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse. Available in paperback and in Kindle editions.

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

Philosophy, Culture

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.

Ratna Roshida Ab Razak (2012), Understanding al-Mutanabbi: A Humanistic Psychological approach. With a Foreword by Norman N. Holland. Penang Island, Malaysia: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia.


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 (2015), Codependency For Dummies, 2nd Edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Available in paperback and Kindle editions.

Paul L. Wachtel (2014), Cyclical Psychodynamics and the Contextual Self: The Inner World, the Intimate World, and the World of Culture and Society. London and New York: Routledge. Available in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.

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.

Paul L. Wachtel (2011), Therapeutic Communication, Second Edition: Knowing What to Say When, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

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 in Google Play, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Amazon Kindle editions.

Paul L. Wachtel (2008), Relational Theory and the Practice of Psychotherapy. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

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.

Paul L. Wachtel (1997), Psychoanalysis, Behavior Therapy, and the Relational World. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Paul L. Wachtel and Stanley B. Messer (eds.) (1997), Theories of Psychotherapy: Origins and Evolution. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

History and Biography

Lawrence J. Friedman (2013), The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet. New York, NY: 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.

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.

Paul L. Wachtel (1983, 1989), The Poverty of Affluence: A Psychological Portrait of the American Way of Life. Philadelphia: New Society Publishers.

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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Why Study Horney?

Brief Account of Horney

Membership Directory

Writings by Horney

IKHS Bulletin Board

Karen Horney Papers (Yale)

Essays & Excerpts

Related Publications

Marianne Horney Eckardt

Olga Gelfman-Gratwick

Related Links

Contact the IKHS

J. Allan Hobson

Foreword to future Korean editions of The Therapeutic Process (1999) and The Unknown Karen Horney (2000)

Personal Site

Dreamstage Museum

Faculty Profile (Harvard)

Dream Consciousness

Dreaming as Virtual Reality

Wikipedia Article

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-dimensional personality 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 Anthony K. Shin (Director), cafein81@karenhorney.org  
Contact Bernard J. Paris (Founder, Senior Advisor), bjparis@ufl.edu