In Karen Horney’s “The Distrust Between the Sexes”, she explains how a person’s psychological history causes him/her to distrust people of the opposite sex. Distrust Between Sexes A woman gets pregnant, and her boyfriend leaves her. In Karen Horney`s The Distrust Between the Sexes, she explains how a person`s. Karen Horney- Distrust Between the Sexes. I. Background. 1. Developed her career somewhat independently of the influence of Sigmund Freud; 2. She was.

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The distrust between two sexes.

The child feels independent for those few seconds until it loses balance and falls, then the child wants to depend on its parents. The most important defense is proving that, despite her disadvantages, she can attract a man. The essay draws on the cases of seven women whose family histories, symptoms, and social backgrounds are similar to Horney’s, and she may well have included herself in her clinical sample.

Although Horney had devoted most of her professional life to writing about feminine psychology, she abandoned the topic in because she felt that the role of culture in shaping the female psyche makes it impossible to determine what is distinctively feminine.

As a defense, she may pay an inordinate amount of attention to her appearance or may wish to be a male. Most of the essay is devoted to trying to explain why these women have an obsessive need for a male but are unable to form satisfactory relationships.

An example that may make ones mind wonder is; vision a child taking those first few steps. The insecure girl develops an anxiety about being abnormal that often manifests itself as a fear that something is wrong with her genitals or that she is ugly and cannot possibly be attractive to men.

He does this by making the bird the victim She explains that this passion affects our unconscious desires, which are so contradictory that fulfillment is virtually impossible.

Women are considered to be deeply rooted in their emotions. Moreover, they have a “deep-seated desire for revenge” because of their original defeat: Nancy Chodorow locates the “political and betwesn origins” of psychoanalytic feminism with Karen Horney, whose theories form the basis “for most of the recent revisions of psychoanalytic understandings of gender and for most psychoanalytic dissidence on the question of gender in the early period as well”pp. This is the position of psychoanalysis, which reflects the stereotypes of male culture, but Horney identified karn number of hornsy conditions that have made women more masochistic than men.


The Male View of Women In her earliest essays on feminine psychology, Horney strove to show that girls and women have intrinsic biological constitutions and patterns of development that are to be understood in their own terms and not just as products of their difference from and presumed inferiority to men.

This reason alone to many, is often mans excuse for keeping women out of governmental positions.

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We shall look first at her ideas about feminine psychology, then at the new psychoanalytic paradigm she developed in the s, and finally at her mature theory. She wrote that to understand the problem you must first understand that problems stem from a common background. In her earliest essays on feminine psychology, Horney strove to show that girls and women have intrinsic biological constitutions and patterns of development that are to be understood in their own terms and not just as products of their difference from and presumed inferiority to men.

The conquest of men provides not only what Horney would later call a “vindictive triumph” but is also a way of coping with sexss and self-hate. The male deals with his anxiety by erecting an ideal of efficiency, by seeking sexual conquests, and by debasing the love object.

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All of these features were present in Karen Horney’s childhood. Our primary objective must not be to identify what is essentially feminine but to foster “the full development of the human personalities of all” Paris,p. The fact that we have set definitions of how a man and women should be and that these do not reach into the other things that we want is what makes up this disappointment that men and women feel.


She argued that psychoanalysis regards ssxes as defective men because it is the product of a male genius Freud and a male dominated culture. European exploration in the Americas led to a great demand for slaves to work in the new colonies The Masculinity Complex Horney did not deny that women often envy men and are uncomfortable with their feminine role.

She gives many examples of how men hold women in high esteem, but writes that they have a secret distrust of women. Cultural Factors In her essays on feminine thr, Horney moved steadily away from Freud’s belief that anatomy is destiny and toward a greater emphasis on cultural factors as a source of women’s problems and of gender identity.

She contended that male envy of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood, and of the breasts and suckling, gives rise to an unconscious tendency to devalue women and that men’s impulse toward creative work is an overcompensation for their small role in procreation.

The girl responds to her sense of defeat either by kren from the competition for a male or developing a compulsive rivalry with other women in which she tries to demonstrate her erotic appeal. The threat of woman is not castration but humiliation; the threat is to his masculine self-regard. The thought of having the perfect mate is just that a thought.

Having been rejected by father or brother in childhood, they simultaneously need to prove their worth through erotic conquests and to make themselves invulnerable by avoiding deep emotional bonds.

They tend to lose interest in a man as soon as he is horhey because they have “a betwene fear of the disappointments and humiliations that they expect to result from falling in love” Horney,p.