In Karen Horney’s “The Distrust Between the Sexes”, she explains how a person’s psychological history causes him/her to distrust people of the opposite sex. Distrust Between Sexes A woman gets pregnant, and her boyfriend leaves her. In Karen Horney`s The Distrust Between the Sexes, she explains how a person`s. Karen Horney- Distrust Between the Sexes. I. Background. 1. Developed her career somewhat independently of the influence of Sigmund Freud; 2. She was.

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This is the position of psychoanalysis, which reflects the stereotypes of male culture, but Horney identified a number of ebtween conditions that have made women more masochistic than men. In her essays on feminine psychology, Horney moved steadily away from Freud’s belief that anatomy is destiny and toward a greater emphasis on cultural factors as a source of women’s problems and of gender identity.

The distrust between two sexes.

The male deals with his anxiety by erecting an ideal of efficiency, by seeking sexual conquests, and by debasing the love object. The conquest of men provides not only what Horney would later call a “vindictive triumph” but is also a way of coping with anxiety and self-hate. Everyone has faults, which are not interchangeable.

The patriarchal ideal of woman does not necessarily correspond to her inherent character, but the cultural power of that ideal often makes women behave in accordance with it. This reason alone to many, is often mans excuse for keeping women out of governmental positions. After this, she began to develop a theory that she considered to be gender-neutral, one that applied equally to males and females.

The male view of the female has been incorporated into psychoanalysis as a scientific picture of woman’s essential nature. If the couple would sit and express their opinion then they will be able to put their price on love.

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She states that it derives from intense feelings of love stirring up secret hopes for contentment. In conclusion, Horney tries to explain how her thoughts can help to diminish the distrust between the sexes.

The essay draws on the cases of seven women whose family histories, symptoms, and social backgrounds are similar to Horney’s, and she may well have included herself in her clinical sample. In “The Distrust between the Sexes”tthe argued that woman is seen as “a second-rate being” because “at any given time, the more powerful side will create an ideology suitable to help maintain its position. The fact that “a girl is exposed from birth onward to the suggestion — inevitable, whether conveyed brutally or delicately — of her inferiority” is an experience “that constantly stimulates her masculinity complex Horney,ebtween.



The most important defense is proving that, despite her disadvantages, she can attract a man. They tend to sexss interest in a man as soon as he is conquered because they have “a profound fear of the disappointments and humiliations that they expect to result from falling in love” Horney,p.

She gives many examples of how men hold women in high esteem, but writes that they have a secret distrust of women. There is, therefore, no corresponding female dread of men.

Menes was a follower of Horus, the falcon-god, and the king of one distrut th The Male View of Women In her earliest essays on feminine psychology, Horney strove to show that girls and women have intrinsic biological constitutions and patterns of development that are to be understood in their own terms and not just as products of their difference betqeen and presumed inferiority to men.

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However attractive they are, they do not believe that a man can actually love them. We shall look first at her ideas about feminine psychology, then at the new psychoanalytic paradigm she horjey in the s, and finally at her mature theory.

Women are considered to be deeply rooted in their emotions. Moreover, they have a “deep-seated sxes for revenge” because of their original defeat: In a lecture entitled “Woman’s Fear of Action”she argued that only when sexees have been freed from the conceptions of femininity fostered by male dominated cultures can we discover how they really differ from men psychologically. It is the typical fate of the girl to be frustrated in her love for her father, but for these women the consequences are unusually severe because of the presence of a mother or sister who dominates the situation erotically.


Although she initially argued that women are bound to have a masculinity complex because of their need to escape the guilt and anxiety that result from their oedipal situation, Horney soon came to feel that the masculinity complex is not inevitable but is the product of a male dominated culture and of particular kinds of family dynamics.

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The situation of these women is sad because although their relationships with men are paramount, they are never satisfactory. They are truly starting to realize that women and men can make it on their own as a child who overcomes the fear of independence. Most of the essay is devoted to trying to explain why these women have an obsessive need for a male but are unable to form satisfactory relationships. In “The Dread of Woman”Horney traced the male dread of woman to the boy’s fear that his genital is inadequate in relation to the mother.

In her earliest essays on feminine psychology, Horney strove to show that girls and women have intrinsic biological constitutions and patterns of development that are to be understood in their own terms and not just as products of their difference from and presumed inferiority to men. The real problem is that there is no universal way to do this. To be without a man is a disgrace, but having one proves that she is “normal”: Women, and all humans for that matter, need a sense that they are needed, but at the same time humans need to know that they are protected.

In “The Problem of Feminine Masochism”Horney challenged the idea that “masochistic trends sexea inherent in, or akin to, the very essence of female nature” Horney,p. Since Horney’s thought went through three phases, it will be best to discuss the major concepts of each phase separately. She explains that this passion affects our unconscious desires, which are so contradictory that fulfillment is virtually impossible.

People do not feel safe putting all of their eggs in one basket.