Theory of Personality

Womb envy. To park a spot as a proper contrarian Neo-Freudian. Throw out the topography of the mind and replace it with neurotic tendencies to move against, move away, and move toward.

Oedipal tendencies are replaced with the child's sense of love and security for their primary caregiver.

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Exiled from the New York psychoanalytic community, her writings Feminine Psychology (1922), The Neurotic Personality of our Time (1937), New Ways in Psychoanalysis (1939), Our Inner Conflicts (1945), Neurosis and Human Growth (1950) lived on to influence later psychologists.

in the theory of Karen D. Horney, any one of three basic tendencies stemming from an individual’s choice of strategies to counteract basic anxiety. These strategies generate insatiable neurotic needs and include (a) moving toward people, or clinging to others (see compliant character); (b) moving away from people, or insisting on independence and self-dependence (see detached character); and (c) moving against people, or seeking power, prestige, and possessions (see aggressive character). Source:

  • Moving Toward People (Compliance)
  • Moving Against people (Aggression)
  • Moving Away from people (Withdrawal)



  • Idealized image
  • Externalization
  • Coping strategy
  • Should
  • Self-contempt aka Self hate
  • Neurotic conflict aka Inner conflict
  • Moving toward aka Moving toward people, Compliance
    compare to Getting type in Individual Psychology
  • Moving away from people aka Moving away from people, Detachment
  • Moving against aka Moving against people, Mastery
    compare to Ruling type in Individual Psychology, Authoritarianism in Frommian Psychology
  • Claim
  • Basic anxiety
    compare to Primal terror in Attachment theory