Eric Erikson


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Erik Erikson (15 June 1902 – 12 May 1994) 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 ... more »

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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 predictabili...
    Erik H. Erikson (1904-1994), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 7 (1950).
  • 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 life...
    Erik H. Erikson (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 8 (1950).
  • 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...
    Erik H. Erikson (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 6 (1950).
  • ''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).
  • 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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