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Karen Horney

1885 - 1952

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Karen Horney (; née Danielsen; 16 September 1885 – 4 December 1952) was a German psychoanalyst who practiced in the United States during her later career. Her theories questioned some traditional Freudian views. This was particularly true of her theories of sexuality and of the instinct orientation of psychoanalysis. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karen Horney has received more than 1,082,735 page views. Her biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 46 in 2019). Karen Horney is the 30th most popular psychologist (up from 32nd in 2019), the 318th most popular biography from Germany (up from 356th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Psychologist.

Karen Horney is most famous for her work with sex offenders. She wrote the book, "The Rapist's Wife: What She Knew and How She Lives with the Consequences," which tells the story of her marriage to a convicted rapist.

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Among psychologists, Karen Horney ranks 30 out of 183Before her are Wilhelm Reich, Irvin D. Yalom, Alfred Binet, Lawrence Kohlberg, Hermann Ebbinghaus, and Gustav Fechner. After her are Jerome Bruner, Paul Ekman, Howard Gardner, Milton H. Erickson, Gordon Allport, and Hans Eysenck.

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Among people born in 1885, Karen Horney ranks 13Before her are Julius Streicher, François Mauriac, Ezra Pound, Faisal I of Iraq, George S. Patton, and Robert Delaunay. After her are Princess Alice of Battenberg, Chester W. Nimitz, André Maurois, Ernst Busch, Umberto Nobile, and D. H. Lawrence. Among people deceased in 1952, Karen Horney ranks 10Before her are Knut Hamsun, Eva Perón, Alexandra Kollontai, Wilm Hosenfeld, Chaim Weizmann, and Paul Éluard. After her are Benedetto Croce, Walter Schellenberg, Elena of Montenegro, Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, Sven Hedin, and Khorloogiin Choibalsan.

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Among people born in Germany, Karen Horney ranks 318 out of 6,142Before her are Konrad Zuse (1910), Pina Bausch (1940), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945), Valentinian II (371), Sophie Scholl (1921), and Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744). After her are Robert Bunsen (1811), Maria Alexandrovna (1824), Simone Signoret (1921), Hermann Fegelein (1906), Baldur von Schirach (1907), and Friedrich Carl von Savigny (1779).


Among psychologists born in Germany, Karen Horney ranks 5Before her are Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Erich Fromm (1900), Erik Erikson (1902), and Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850). After her are Hans Eysenck (1916), Fritz Perls (1893), Ernst Kretschmer (1888), Kurt Koffka (1886), Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), Karl Abraham (1877), and William Stern (1871).