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March 5, 1938

The Neurotic Personality of Our Time

JAMA. 1938;110(10):763. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790100061034

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The interested layman as well as the physician will find here a form of psychologic analysis built on the freudian contribution but not essentially the same. Dr. Horney recognizes the great influence of our environment and culture on our points of view and on our mentality. Perhaps the most significant of the chapters in the work is the consideration given to the part played by sexuality in the neurotic need for affection. Certainly Dr. Horney reveals in this book a profound understanding of the nature of the neurosis and it is her conclusion that the person who is likely to become neurotic is the one who has experienced the culturally determined difficulties in an accentuated form, mostly through the medium of childhood experiences, and who has consequently been unable to solve them or has solved them only at great cost to his personality.

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