Here Karen Horney develops a dynamic theory of neurosis centered on the basic conflict among attitudes of "moving forward" "moving against," and "moving away from" people. Unlike Freud, Horney does not regard neurosis as rooted in instinct. In her words, her theory is contructive because "it allows us for the first time to tackle and resolve neaurotic hopelessness. . . . Neurotic conflicts cannot be resolved by rational decision. . . . But [they] can be resolved by changing the conditions within the personality that brought them into being."
I know of no other writer today in the field of psychoanalysis with a directness, a clarity, a reasonableness devoid of professional jargon and technical trim which equals that of Karen Horney - whose New Ways in ??Psychoanalysis was an important modern contribution. Originally a Freudian, Dr. Horney has eradicated the Freudian extremes, presents psychiatric problems in recognizable, everyday terms. This book concerns various types of personalities and conflicts, reducing the basic conflict to incompatible human relationships - the neurotic moving toward, away, or against people in the too compliant, too aggressive, or over-detached types. The neurotic's false solutions or escapes (the idealized image, externalization or the shifting of responsibility to others, self deceptions and defenses, etc.); the results of unresolved conflicts, fears, waste of human energies, hopelessness, sadism, impoverishment of the personality. Dr. Horney believes that the resolution of conflicts can be accomplished only by changing those conditions within the personality that brought them into being - and this is of course largely through analysis. For the special field - but within that, outstanding. (Kirkus Reviews)