Horney, Karen

Karen Horney (1883–1952) was best known for her work on neurosis and feminine psychology. Horney was educated at the University of Freiburg, University of Göttingen and the University of Berlin.

Horney’s theory of neurosis stipulated that there are ten types of neuroses, which are used to cope with anxieties caused by interpersonal relations a theory that remains prominent today. Horney also famously opposed Freud’s views on female psychology and used the scientific method to prove that societies encourage women to be dependent on, and overvalue men.