The Erik Erikson Reader

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Overview

"This volume, ably assembled and introduced by Robert Coles, presents the Essential Erikson."—Howard Gardner
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 the now familiar concepts of "identity crisis" and "life cycle," provided an unprecedented framework for considering the individual psyche within society and culture. Unveiling a dynamic process of psychological development, he emphasized the tendency toward growth and the integration of multiple influences—the biological, social, psychological, cultural, and historical. With writings from Erikson’s entire career, including major work from Childhood and Society, Insight and Responsibility, Young Man Luther, and Gandhi’s Truth, this invaluable reader charts the influence of Erikson’s thinking in the areas of child psychology, development through the lifespan, leadership, and moral growth.

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With writings from Erikson's entire career, including major work from , , , and , this collection charts the influence of the noted psychologist's thinking in the areas of child psychology, development through the lifespan, leadership, and moral growth. The selections contribute to an understanding of how his ideas and writings about the stages of development, the sources of identity, and the interdependence of individual growth and historical change revolutionized understanding of the nature and course of psychological growth. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393320916
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/17/2001
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 445,233
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

Robert Coles is a child psychiatrist and writer who has spent his life doing documentary work. He lives in Concord, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 11
I On Children: Nearby and Far Away 21
"Hunters Across the Prairie" from Childhood and Society 27
"Fishermen Along a Salmon River" from Childhood and Society 71
"A Neurological Crisis in a Small Boy: Sam" from Childhood and Society 89
"Toys and Reasons" from Childhood and Society 101
II On Psychoanalysis and Human Development 133
"The First Psychoanalyst" from Insight and Responsibility 139
"The Nature of Clinical Evidence" from Insight and Responsibility 162
"Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations" from Insight and Responsibility 188
III On Leaders 227
"The Legend of Maxim Gorky's Youth" from Childhood and Society 233
"The Fit in the Choir" from Young Man Luther 270
"The Meaning of 'Meaning It'": from Young Man Luther 295
"Epilogue" from Young Man Luther 347
"The Perspective of the Mount" from Dimensions of a New Identity 364
"Protean President" from Dimensions of a New Identity 372
"Homo Religiosus" from Gandhi's Truth 388
"The Instrument" from Gandhi's Truth 401
"March to the Sea" from Gandhi's Truth 428
IV On Moral Matters 435
From "Beyond Anxiety" from Childhood and Society 443
"The Golden Rule in the Light of New Insight" from Insight and Responsibility 445
"The Galilean Sayings and the Sense of 'I'" from The Yale Review 465
Notes 505
Index 517
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