Karen Horney

Karen Horney was an influential ​neo-Freudian psychologist known for her take on feminine psychology. When Sigmund Freud famously proposed that women experience “penis envy,” Horney countered that men suffer from “womb envy” and that all of their actions are driven by a need to overcompensate for the fact that they cannot bear children.2

Her outspoken refutation of Freud’s ideas helped draw greater attention to the psychology of women. Her theory of neurotic needs and her belief that people were capable of taking a personal role in their own mental health were among her many contributions to the field of psychology.