Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Neurotic Pride (Idealized Image) and Neurotic Self-hate

  • Jack DanielianEmail author
  • Patricia Gianotti
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1403-1



Neurotic pride is a defense posture that arises due to an underlying sense of insecurity and feeling of unworthiness. Horney believed that neurotic development generally arose from an unfavorable or inadequate home environment that in turn weakened the child at the core of his being. As a result, Horney (1950) states, “He becomes alienated from himself and divided. His self-idealization is an attempt to remedy the damage done by lifting himself in his mind above the crude reality of himself and others” (p. 87). Neurotic pride is a compulsively driven attempt to overcompensate for and dissociate oneself from deep-seated feelings of inadequacy that interfere with the unfolding emergence of the real self.


Neurotic pride and the idealized image are fundamental components of Karen Horney’s theory of neurosis. All of Horney’s character dynamics, “moving toward,”...


Relational Deprivation Idealize Image Idealize Beauty Realistic Appraisal Early Deprivation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The American Institute for Psychoanalysis, Karen Horney CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Woodland Psychological ServicesNorth HamptonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Simon Boag
    • 1
  1. 1.MacQuarie UniversityNorth RydeAustralia