The Married Woman: Her Most Important Relationships
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"No man is an island." And no person lives a life untouched by others. The married woman, especially, often serves as the pivot or focal point for many of her family's endeavors and goals. Her most important relationships, then, must be those involving herself, her husband, and her children. A good framework for discussion has been provided by the psychiatrist Dr. Karen Horney, who has stated that a person who is reasonably healthy from a mental and emotional standpoint is usually able to carry out three kinds of movement in her relationship to other persons and to herself. These are the ability to move with others, away from others, and against others in a friendly way. This booklet will deal with both the healthy and the neurotic woman and will demonstrate how each of them executes these three movements in action with herself and in relationship to her husband and to her child.