Karen Horney's Vision of the Self

@article{Paris1999KarenHV,
  title={Karen Horney's Vision of the Self},
  author={Bernard J. Paris},
  journal={The American Journal of Psychoanalysis},
  year={1999},
  volume={59},
  pages={157-166}
}
  • B. Paris
  • Published 1 June 1999
  • Psychology
  • The American Journal of Psychoanalysis
When I first read Neurosis and Human Growth in 1959, everything in it seemed clear to me except the concept of the real self, upon which Horney's mature theory is founded. That concept seemed vague, mystical, elusive, and did not make sense until I made contact with what I felt to be my real self after a number of years of psychotherapy. When I then reread Horney, I realized that she had anticipated this sequence of events. The real self will seem like "a phantom," she wrote, unless we are… 

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