Erik H. Erikson


Born
in Frankfurt am Main, Germany
June 15, 1902

Died
May 12, 1994


Erik Erikson was a German-born American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on psychosocial development of human beings. He may be most famous for coining the phrase identity crisis. His son, Kai T. Erikson, is a noted American sociologist.

Although Erikson lacked even a bachelor's degree, he served as a professor at prominent institutions such as Harvard and Yale.

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Childhood and Society

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Identity and the Life Cycle

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Identity: Youth and Crisis

3.91 avg rating — 330 ratings — published 1968 — 15 editions
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Gandhi's Truth: On the Orig...

3.94 avg rating — 194 ratings — published 1969 — 10 editions
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The Life Cycle Completed

3.74 avg rating — 223 ratings — published 1982 — 13 editions
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Young Man Luther: A Study i...

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The Erik Erikson Reader

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Vital Involvement in Old Age

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Insight and Responsibility

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In Search of Common Ground:...

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“Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired.”
Erik H. Erikson

“Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.”
Erik H. Erikson

“Anxieties are diffuse states of tension (caused by a loss of mutual regulation and a consequent upset in libidinal and aggressive controls) which magnify and even cause the illusion of an outer danger, without pointing to appropriate avenues of defense or mastery.”
Erik H. Erikson, Childhood and Society

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