The Life Cycle Completed (Extended Version)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 17, 1998 - Psychology - 144 pages

"This book will last and last, because it contains the wisdom of two wonderfully knowing observers of our human destiny."—Robert Coles

For decades Erik H. Erikson's concept of the stages of human development has deeply influenced the field of contemporary psychology. Here, with new material by Joan M. Erikson, is an expanded edition of his final work. The Life Cycle Completed eloquently closes the circle of Erikson's theories, outlining the unique rewards and challenges—for both individuals and society—of very old age.
 

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Contents

Preface to the Extended Version
1
Preface to the First Edition
10
A Historical Note on the Outerworld
15
2 Psychosexuality and the Cycle of Generations
25
3 Major Stages in Psychosocial Development
55
Concluding Notes
83
5 The Ninth Stage
105
6 Old Age and Community
115
7 Gerotranscendence
123
References
131
Back Cover
135
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About the author (1998)

A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Erik H. Erikson was renowned worldwide as teacher, clinician, and theorist in the field of psychoanalysis and human development.

Joan Mowat Erikson was born in Canada; she earned her B.A. in Education at Columbia University and an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a teacher, writer, and craftsman and has worked with gold, silver, and precious stones. She is the author of a previous book, The Universal Bead. She is married to the noted psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson.

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