What’s going on in that pretty little head of yours?

Feminine Psychology cover

Feminine Psychology
Horney
1973

Submitter: Pulled because of the date and the author/title combo down the spine.  It just got worse when one of our librarians innocently said that we should keep the book because it looked like this was “a seminal work in the field.”  Apparently, it is.

Holly: Ooooh!  Good one!  Yes – weed for age and content, and then laugh because that’s pretty funny.

Feminine Psychology back cover

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11 comments

  1. What no scans of the pages? Sounds like this could be pretty funny 40 years later. And if it isn’t funny, that would be pretty impressive, too.

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  2. Other than the dated cover, this book is still in print and relevant in academic libraries (and larger public libraries). There’s no reason to weed this except for condition. Looks like the 1993 reissue ed has kept the pastel cover, though, so no escaping that 70’s/80’s look!

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  3. Karen horney, while a important figure in psychology, is very dated work. Anything in the psychology field is considered dated after 10 years. Very few in the field use psychoanalysis. It might be good for a 101 psych history type course, but not much else.

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  4. Karen Horney is a huge name in the field of psychology, and any library worth its salt should have books either by or about her. Your librarian who said this was a seminal work in the field was correct. This is a good lesson in thinking you’ve accurately judged the worth of a book by a quick glance at the title and the cover art.

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  5. I see she has authored another book ‘Self-Analysis’. I would love to walk into a library and ask for Horney’s Self-Analysis.

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  6. By the way, I believe her name was pronounced “horn-eye” (as in “eye of newt”) — or at least that is how my psychologist ex-father-in-law pronounced it.

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    1. I was about to post the same thing. That is always how I have heard it pronounced (clinical social worker here).

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      1. I’ve heard it pronounced both ways by two different psych professors I’ve known. The one who was closer to Dr. Horney (academically speaking) pronounced it just like “horny” but I don’t know if that’s necessarily an endorsement.

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  7. I wouldn’t weed this in our medium-sized public library until it ceased circulating. I understand the humor, but the idea that the author’s “funny name” should be weeding criteria seems a bit unprofessional.

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    1. I am quite sure that no one is suggesting a name be a reason for weeding. I believe the name issue is how the processing might have made this a bit more ridiculous or distracting from the actual title/content.

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