The Neurotic Personality Of Our Time: Everyone Is Sick

Behind every odd behavior is the self that is suffering.

Book Name: The Neurotic Personality of Our Time

Author: Karen Horney


In this work, Karen Horney explores the basic structure of neuroses in the context of their cultural assumptions.

Her topics range from the neurotic need for affection to guilt feelings and the quest for power, prestige, and possession.

Karen Horney (1885-1952) was one of the most influential psychoanalysts of the twentieth century. Her books include Neurosis and Human Growth, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time, New Ways in Psychoanalysis, Our Inner Conflicts, Self-Analysis, Feminine Psychology, Final Lectures, and, as editor, Are You Considering Psychoanalysis.

Book Review:

I went to McDonald’s the other day to read Karen Horney’s book The Neurotic Personality of Our Time” by Karen Horney. Why did I choose McDonald’s to read this book instead of staying in a study or going to a coffee shop?

The reason is that the whole environment of McDonald’s is bright and full of customers, and these conditions were the straw that pulled me up when I couldn’t stop myself from reading.

The theme of The Neurotic Personality of Our Time is not gloomy; it is Karen Horney’s first academic book. Horney’s first academic book focuses on anxiety and fear and the inhibition caused by defensive anxiety and fear. Their need for love, their quest for wealth, power, and prestige, and how they perceive competition, among other symptoms, manifest themselves.

Just by looking at the symptoms, we are not able to distinguish between normal people in our lives and people with neurotic personalities, and fortunately for us, Karen. Fortunately, Karen Horney in the last chapter has a simple criterion: can the individual feel that these conflicts have become his own shackles and dilemmas, and can he face these conflicts and simply cope with them and resolve them?

If he can, then he is not a neurotic personality.

However, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time is a work of psychoanalytic doctrine. The greatest contribution of psychoanalysis is to point out that the symptoms that appear when human beings develop psychological problems are like a dagger that stabs you sharply in the chest and is very painful.

But where is the antidote? I don’t know, I can’t find it from psychoanalysis anyway. In other words, psychoanalysis can help you look inside yourself, but you need to have external support and warmth if you want to grow.

Being aware of this is very important for those who read. If you don’t keep a clear mind, then you will fall into a low mood like the previous readers of No Longer Human.
The key point: The Neurotic Personality of Our Time is a book that Karen Horney has written with great subtlety. Horney uses very fine writing to express the symptoms of neurotic personality as plainly as possible, most of them are negative and easily evoke negative emotions in the reader. As a reader, if you do not have a strong mental fixation, then you are at risk of indulging in negative emotions.

Nevertheless, The Neurotic Personality of Our Time is an excellent psychological masterpiece. I am in awe of Karen Horney’s observation and precision of human nature. Horney’s observation of human nature and the precision of his writing. Through this book, I was able to see my own hidden anxieties and fears, and it helped me to see myself better and to feel less anxious. This, too, is the meaning of this book: to help you look inside yourself, so as to embark on the path of growth.

The last point I want to emphasize is also the essence of this book. Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, whose masterpieces include “The Analysis of Dreams” and “The Three Studies of Sexuality”, focuses on explaining the psychological problems that arise in human beings from a biological point of view. Karen Horney, on the other hand, disagreed with Freud. Horney disagrees with Freud’s one-size-fits-all approach, and she focuses more on explaining human psychological problems at the level of culture and social customs. Making this distinction will allow us to better draw out the essence of the book.

To summarize my advice for reading this book: If you are not psychologically strong enough, then you can put it aside. If you already have some reading base and can stay awake during the reading process, then you start reading this book as early as possible!

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