Intrapsychic Conflicts

The neurotic trends flow from basic anxiety, which in turn, stems from a child's relationships with other people. To this point, our emphasis has been on culture and interpersonal conflict. However, Horney did not neglect the impact of intrapsychic fac tors in the development of personality. As her theory evolved she began to place greater emphasis on the inner conflicts that both normal and neurotic individuals experience. Intrapsychic processes orighiate from interpersonal experiences; but as they become part of a persons belief system, they develop a life of their own—an existence separate from the interpersonal conflicts that gave them life.

This section looks at two important intrapsychic conflicts: the idealized self-image and self-hatred. Briefly, the idealized self-image is an attempt to solve conflicts by painting a godlike picture of oneself. Self-hatred is an interrelated yet equally irrational and powerful tendency to despise ones real self. As people build an idealized hnage of then self, then real self lags farther and farther behind. This gap creates a growing alienation between the real self and the idealized self and leads neurotics to hate and despise their ac tual self because it falls so short in matching the glorified self-hnage (Horney, 1950).

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    What is intrapsychic conflicts in horney theory?
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