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 854,121 page views. Her biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Karen Horney is the 32nd most popular psychologist (up from 43rd in 2019), the 356th most popular biography from Germany (up from 488th in 2019) and the 6th 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 32 out of 182Before her are Gustav Fechner, Hermann Ebbinghaus, Irvin D. Yalom, Alfred Binet, Hans Eysenck, and Paul Ekman. After her are Gordon Allport, Jerome Bruner, Alfred Kinsey, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Milton H. Erickson, and John Bowlby.

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Among people born in 1885, Karen Horney ranks 17Before her are Faisal I of Iraq, Chester W. Nimitz, Robert Delaunay, Vladimir Tatlin, André Maurois, and Ernst Busch. After her are Umberto Nobile, Mikhail Frunze, Princess Alice of Battenberg, D. H. Lawrence, Ernst Bloch, and Sabina Spielrein. Among people deceased in 1952, Karen Horney ranks 11Before her are Eva Perón, Alexandra Kollontai, Chaim Weizmann, Paul Éluard, Wilm Hosenfeld, and Benedetto Croce. After her are Walter Schellenberg, Sven Hedin, Elena of Montenegro, Alexandrine of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Hattie McDaniel, and Jürgen Stroop.

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Among people born in Germany, Karen Horney ranks 356 out of 5,289Before her are Maria Alexandrovna (1824), Traudl Junge (1920), August Kekulé (1829), Hermann Fegelein (1906), Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1776), and Ernst Busch (1885). After her are Carl von Ossietzky (1889), Helmuth Weidling (1891), Ernst Abbe (1840), Werner Herzog (1942), Maximilian II of Bavaria (1811), and Franz Halder (1884).


Among psychologists born in Germany, Karen Horney ranks 6Before her are Erich Fromm (1900), Erik Erikson (1902), Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), and Hans Eysenck (1916). After her are Fritz Perls (1893), Ernst Kretschmer (1888), Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), William Stern (1871), Karl Abraham (1877), and Kurt Koffka (1886).