Quotations From ERIK H ERIKSON

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    Psychiatric enlightenment has begun to debunk the superstition that to manage a machine you must become a machine, and that to raise masters of the machine you must mechanize the impulses of childhood.
    Erik H. Erikson (1904-1994), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 8 (1950).

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    The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery....Child's play is the infantile form of the human ability to deal with experience by creating model situations and to master reality by experiment and planning.
    Erik H. Erikson (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 6 (1950).

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    The infant's first social achievement, then, is his willingness to let the mother out of sight without undue anxiety or rage, because she has become an inner certainty as well as an outer predictability.
    Erik H. Erikson (1904-1994), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 7 (1950).

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    Babies control and bring up their families as much as they are controlled by them; in fact ... the family brings up baby by being brought up by him.
    Erik H. Erikson (1904-1994), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society (1950).

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    Children must eventually train their own children, and any impoverishment of their impulse life, for the sake of avoiding friction, must be considered a possible liability affecting more than one lifetime
    Erik H. Erikson (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 8 (1950).

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