Study Group – Love and Vindictiveness: Works of Karen Horney
Facilitated by Carrie Barron, MD

2 Fridays | June 7 & June 14, 2024

11:00 AM – 12:30 AM (Central Time)
via Zoom

3 CEU/CE Credits (1.5 per session)


Member: Free
Non-Member: $60
Fanon Fund (Black or indigenous participants): Free
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Instructional Level: Intermediate

Karen Horney was a psychoanalyst and a contemporary of Freud who had “a mind of her own”. She developed a relational theory of anxiety and wrote about women’s concerns in forward-thinking ways. Horney considered relational, cultural, and social phenomena in treatment at a time when intra-psychic perspectives were dominant. She covered common concerns like marriage, feeling abused, dread, and work inhibition. Despite her enormous contributions, she has been undervalued. In this study group, we will cover her work on the over-emphasis of love and the value of vindictiveness.

Session 1: June 7, 2024
Reading: An NPR podcast/transcript with Horney from 1950.
Learning Objective: Discuss over-emphasis on love.
Session 2: June 14, 2024
Reading: Horney, K. (1948) The Value of Vindictiveness. American Journal of Psychoanalysis 8:3-12
Learning Objective: Examine the value of vindictiveness.Optional reading for both: Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (1892) The Yellow Wallpaper. The Yellow Wallpaper is a classic short story, written in Horney’s time, that explores love, self-realization, repressed rage, and mental despair.


Carrie Barron, MD is an Associate Professor of Medical Education at Dell Medical School and served on the Columbia Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research for 18 years. She has published in JAPA, The Psychoanalytic Quarterly, and has a blog on Psychology Today. She has won several academic awards.



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