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emotional security

the feeling of safety, confidence, and freedom from apprehension. In the approach of Karen D. Horney, the need for emotional security is the underlying determinant of personality and behavior; in the approach of Harry Stack Sullivan, it is itself determined primarily by interpersonal relations. See also security operations.

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March 3rd 2024



n. a tendency to comply with the wishes or obey the orders of others. —submissive adj.