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in the context of psychoanalytic theory, are the excessive drives and demands which individuals who are classed with neurotic tendencies use to defend themselves against what they perceive are stressful situations. Karen Homey (1885 - 1952), a successful U.S. psychoanalyst isolated ten neurotic needs for those individuals, which were- for affection and approval, for a partner to take over one

NEUROTIC NEEDS: "Some individuals have neurotic needs, such as the requirement to wash their hands within five minutes of finishing a meal."

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