The Therapeutic Process

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Essays and Lectures

Karen Horney; Edited by Bernard J. Paris

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Renowned for her contributions as a psychoanalytic theorist, Karen Horney was also a gifted clinician and teacher of analysts. She included chapters on therapy in several of her books, wrote essays on clinical issues throughout her career, and was preparing to write a book on analytic technique at the time of her death. The lectures collected here constitute a version of that book. This volume provides the most complete record to date of Karen Horney's ideas about the therapeutic process. It offers valuable insight into a little-known aspect of her work and fresh understanding of issues that continue to be of concern to clinicians.

Well ahead of her time, Karen Horney viewed therapy as a collaborative enterprise in which the open, frank, and supportive therapist grows along with the patient. She discusses countertransference phenomena and the ways in which a therapist's personality can influence the healing process. She offers much wisdom and practical advice based on her own rich experience.

The author of seven books, Bernard J. Paris is a leading Horneyan scholar and literary critic. He is emeritus professor of English at the University of Florida and founding director of the International Karen Horney Society. Among his books is Karen Horney: A Psychoanalyst's Search for Self-Understanding, published by Yale University Press.

"This book highlights the timelessness of Horney’s work. Allowing for differences in vocabulary, she anticipated the ideas of Winnicott and Kohut and the interpersonal thrust of modern psychoanalysis. Her ideas are clearly articulated and readily grasped by readers at all levels of expertise."—Althea J. Horner, Ph.D., author of Object Relations and the Developing Ego in Therapy and Working with the Core Relationship Problem in Psychotherapy: A Handbook for Clinicians

"Superbly edited and introduced by a leading figure in Horney scholarship, this volume must be counted as a valuable contribution not only to the Horney literature, but to the wider domains of psychology and analytic psychotherapy."—Douglas H. Ingram, M.D., dean of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis


"Dr. Bernard Paris has once again applied his enormous intellectual vigor and produced a most valuable addition to the legacy of Dr. Karen Horney. His well-organized, revealing section introductions and his excellent editing bring Dr. Horney to the reader in a new and revealing fashion. His words finally lay out, in organized fashion, the techniques Dr. Horney used in her compassionate psychoanalytic search for the constructive forces of growth in her patients and herself. It should be read by all clinicians who struggle each day to help people move on through emotional understanding."—Henry Paul, M.D., Executive Director, Karen Horney Clinic




"This skillfully edited collection is a treasure for those interested in the development of Karen Horney’s theory—a theory which from the beginning was informed by therapeutic goals. Paris has made a real contribution to scholars and clinicians alike by collecting and writing introductions to these fascinating essays on the therapeutic process."—Marcia Westkott, Professor of Women’s Studies, University of Colorado


ISBN: 9780300075274
Publication Date: March 11, 1999
296 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
Karen Horney

A Psychoanalyst`s Search for Self-Understanding

Bernard J. Paris

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