The Erik Erikson Reader

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Psychology - 526 pages
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Erik H. Erikson is recognized as one of the world s leading figures in the field of psychoanalysis and human development. His ideas about the stages of development, the sources of identity, and the interdependence of individual growth and historical change revolutionized our understanding of the nature and course of psychological growth. Erikson, whose work first described the now familiar concepts of "identity crisis" and "life cycle," provided an unprecedented framework for considering the individual psyche within society and culture. Unveiling a dynamic process of psychological development, he emphasized the tendency toward growth and the integration of multiple influences the biological, social, psychological, cultural, and historical. With writings from Erikson s entire career, including major work from Childhood and Society, Insight and Responsibility, Young Man Luther, and Gandhi s Truth, this invaluable reader charts the influence of Erikson s thinking in the areas of child psychology, development through the lifespan, leadership, and moral growth."

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A welcome collection of excerpts and essays from the work of the celebrated psychoanalyst (A Way of Looking at Things, 1987, etc.) who died in 1994. Coles, the eminent colleague and biographer of ... Read full review


Fishermen Along a Salmon River from Childhood and Society 7 i
The First Psychoanalyst from Insight and Responsibility 13 9
The Nature of Clinical Evidence from Insight and Responsibility 16 2
Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations from Insight
The Legend of Maxim Gorkys Youth from Childhood and Society
The Fit in the Choir from Young Man Luther 21
The Perspective of the Mount from Dimensions of a New Identity
Protean President from Dimensions of a New Identity
Homo Religiosus from Gandhis Truth
The Instrument from Gandhis Truth
March to the Sea from Gandhis Truth 42 8
From Beyond Anxiety from Childhood and Society
The Galilean Sayings and the Sense of T from The Yale Review

Epilogue from Young Man Luther

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Erik H. Erikson, a German-born American psychologist and psychoanalyst, developed theories about the sequence of human development that have had an impact on clinical psychoanalysis, ethics, history, literature, child care, and the emerging interdisciplinary study of the life course. Erikson was an art student, but after undergoing psychoanalysis by Anna Freud in Vienna in 1927, he turned to the field of psychology. According to Erikson's life-cycle theory, first published in Childhood and Society (1950), there are eight developmental stages, which are biologically determined but environmentally shaped: infancy, early childhood, play age, school age, adolescence, young adulthood, mature adulthood, and old age. Each of these stages is associated with a particular crisis that the individual must successfully resolve in order to proceed normally to the next stage-for example, identity versus confusion in adolescence. The concept of the identity crisis is now firmly embedded in psychiatric theory. Erikson also studied the relationship between a person's life and the times in which he or she lives; and his historical-biographical studies of Luther and Gandhi are outstanding products of this inquiry. Erikson taught at Harvard University for 30 years

Boston-born psychiatrist and author Robert Martin Coles devoted his professional life to the psychology of children. Coles has been associated with the Harvard University Medical School since 1960. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his five-volume series entitled Children in Crisis, Coles has contributed hundreds of articles to popular magazines, as well as writing over thirty books for adults and children. Other books include The Mind's Fate, Flannery O'Connor's South, and Walker Percy: An American Search.

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