Hi again. I'm sorry I haven't posted the link yet...I am reasonably sure there is one. It's storming here and I have AT&T, so I can't keep a
connection if the wind blows...sigh.
Psychoanalysis is still around. But insurance won't pay for it, it takes years, and is very expensive. So most practitioners have gone more to
brief therapies, and yes, pharmacotherapy.
Not too much ranting at all. I've enjoyed your comments.
For the 20 year olds.....her name is pronounced Hor-NEY. Emphasis on the second syllable. She has been dead a very long time. In fact, the
copyright on Neurosis and Human Growth
But it matters not. Human Beings have not evolved so much since she studied us, that the book is no longer pertinent. It's immensely pertinent,
even today. Perhaps even moreso today. You'll have to read it to see what I mean.
I'm looking at the bio on the back of the book about her, and thought some facts of her life might be interesting:
.....was born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1885 and studied at the University of Berlin, receiving her medical degree in 1913. From 1914 to 1918 she
studied psychiatry at Berlin-Lankwitz, Germany and from 1918 to 1932 taught at the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute. She participated in many
international congresses, among them the historic discussion of lay analysis, chaired by Sigmund Freud.
Other tidbits: Came to the US in 1932 and worked in Chicago. Moved to NYC in 1934 and taught at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute until 1941.
In this book, she discusses the neurotic process as a special form of human development, the antithesis of healthy growth. She unfolds the
different stages of this situation, describing neurotic claims, the tyranny of inner dictates, and the neurotics solutions for relieving the tensions
of conflicts in such emotional attitudes as domination, self-effacement, dependency, or resignation.
Throughout, she outlines with penetrating insight the forces that work for and against the person's realization of his potentialities.
Anybody who is interested in reading this, please don't be put off by it's age. It's rare to come across something this intelligent, that is
written in a way that is very understandable, and meaningful. If you hit a bump, I would be happy to provide clarification by U2U if I can. I highly
recommend it, particularly if you did not have the happiest childhood in the world.
It really, really helps you to sort through some of
that....baggage, and some of those events one never forgets, and how you still carry them around without realizing it.....how you came to be the
way you are
I think it has sort of been decided that to be neurotic is pretty normal this day and age. Most of us are. This may be one of the reasons the term
is archaic. We all kinda are. It's too commonplace to be a disorder, in a way. I know I am, myself, very complicated. Dr. Horney helps to unravel
some of the complications, and gives them a REASON.
And actually no, I haven't read any of her other books. This one is her premiere book, for which she is known. (And it IS still in print. I
checked. I'm delighted. I can get a new copy.)
My father was a psychologist, and I also have his old copy, but it's in slightly worse condition than my own.
I'm home tomorrow, so I'll still try to find the on-line book.