A History of gURLs in Space and Science

Karen Horney (1885-1952)

German psychodynamic psychologist (psychoanalyst) of Norwegian and Dutch descent. Her theories questioned some traditional Freudian views, particularly his theory of sexuality, as well as the instinct orientation of psychoanalysis and its genetic psychology. As such, she is often classified as Neo-Freudian.

She also founded a journal, named the American Journal of Psychoanalysis. She taught at the New York Medical College and continued practicing as a psychiatrist until her death in 1952.

“Like all sciences and all valuations, the psychology of women has hitherto been considered only from the point of view of men.

Concern should drive us into action, not into a depression.”

From: http://www.science20.com

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Psychology might not seem like a science related to space – but it actually plays an important role in the design of human missions. It’s particularly important in planning future, long duration missions beyond low Earth orbit. Group dynamics and mental health of astronauts will play a big role in any missions to distant locations like Mars, for instance!