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Horney's List of Neurotic Needs

By April 17, 2012

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Have you ever known someone who seemed to have a pathological need to by liked by others? According to theorist Karen Horney, this behavior is due to a neurotic need for affection and approval. In her book Self-Analysis (1942), Horney outlined her theory of neurosis, describing different types of neurotic behavior as a result of overusing coping strategies to deal with basic anxiety. These behaviors include such things as the neurotic needs for power, prestige, and affection.

Learn more about the three broad categories of needs and the needs identified by Horney in this overview of Horney's theory of neurotic needs.

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