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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 ...more
Paperback, 514 pages
Published March 17th 2001 by W. W. Norton Company (first published 2000)
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Feb 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
Short of brain injury or religious experience, people don’t change that much beyond childhood.

If they did, we wouldn’t all have friendships that are decades old. But within every mind there

are possibilities. And different phases of life deliver different kinds of strife that demand

different kinds of virtue. To look back at your earlier years is to gaze upon a graveyard of

former selves, each of whose entire life was consumed by tensions, dilemmas, and desires that

now possess the fragile
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent introduction to Erikson's work. He is a very thought provoking writer. His work goes beyond psychology into philosophy, anthropology/sociology, and history. His thorough attempt to understand and comment on the minds of Martin Luther, Thomas Jefferson and Gandhi was fascinating. I learned a great deal and feel there is much more I can learn from this man.
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Erikson's stages of psychosocial development are so important and interesting. He expands on Freud's stages and extends them well into adolescence and adulthood. I wish I had been exposed to them, especially the final stage, earlier on because it's particularly valuable regarding end-of-life care.
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“O fato da consciência humana permanecer parcialmente infantil por toda a vida é o âmago da tragédia humana.”
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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.