Where did I get this used paperback (W. W. Norton, 1966, $4.95) of Karen Horney’s Our Inner Conflicts (1945) and why has it taken me this long to read the print on the pages inside?
Of course it sent me to Wikipedia and I experienced the earned regret that I didn’t donate to them, willfully resisted, in fact, each plea, with those photos of cute people who edited and posted, during their seemingly neverending fundraising campaign, even as I admired its design and, grudgingly, tenacity.
Here I learned things I didn’t know about Karen Horney, like she revised Freud, even as she sustained his fundamental enterprise. What I never understand, when I stumble on something like this is, Why didn’t someone turn me on to Karen Horney before?
As a Taoist, or a follower of Lao-Tze, however you spell it, I accept that things come to me when I’m ready for them. And I know how resistant I can be to things that arrive out-of-synch with my internal tides. But still…
Diagram courtesy of Dr. C. George Boeree, Professor Emeritus, Psychology Department, Shippensburg University, Pennsylvania.