Erik H. Erikson

Erikson, Erik

Erik Erikson, 1902–94, American psychoanalyst, b. Germany. As a young man he traveled throughout Europe. He became a teacher in a Vienna private school and trained as a psychoanalyst (1927–33) under Anna Freud, specializing in child psychology. After emigrating to the United States in 1933, Erikson taught at Harvard (1933–36; 1960–70) and engaged in a variety of clinical work, widening the scope of psychoanalytic theory to take greater account of social, cultural, and other environmental factors. In his most influential work, Childhood and Society (1950), he divided the human life cycle into eight psychosocial stages of development. His psychohistorical studies, Young Man Luther (1958) and Gandhi's Truth (1969; Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award), explore the convergence of personal development and social history. His later works deal with ethical concerns in the modern world.

See biography by L. J. Friedman (1999).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Erik H. Erikson: Selected full-text books and articles

Dialogue with Erik Erikson By Richard I. Evans; Erik Erikson Harper & Row, 1967
Vital Involvement in Old Age By Erik H. Erikson; Joan M. Erikson; Helen Q. Kivnick W. W. Norton, 1986
The Life Cycle Completed By Erik H. Erikson; Joan M. Erikson W. W. Norton, 1997
Life History and the Historical Moment By Erik H. Erikson W. W. Norton, 1975
Identity Formation, Agency, and Culture: A Social Psychological Synthesis By James E. Côté; Charles G. Levine Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2002
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Erikson Revisited: The Basis of a Formal Theory of Identity Formation"
Identity in Adolescence: The Balance between Self and Other By Jane Kroger Routledge, 2004 (3rd edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 "Adolescence as Identity Synthesis: Erikson's Psychosocial Approach"
Adolescent Psychological Development: Rationality, Morality, and Identity By David Moshman Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Erikson's Theory of Identity Formation"
Exploring Erikson's Psychosocial Theory of Development: Generativity and Its Relationship to Paternal Identity, Intimacy, and Involvement in Childcare By Christiansen, Shawn L.; Palkovitz, Rob The Journal of Men's Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, Fall 1998
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Freud and Beyond: A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought By Stephen A. Mitchell; Margaret J. Black Basic Books, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Psychologies of Identity and Self: Erik Erikson and Heinz Kohut"
An Introduction to Theories of Personality By Robert B. Ewen Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003 (6th edition)
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Erik Erikson: Ego Psychology"
Religion, Society, and Psychoanalysis: Readings in Contemporary Theory By Janet Liebman Jacobs; Donald Capps Westview Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Childhood Fears, Adult Anxieties, and the Longing for Inner Peace: Erik H. Erikson's Psychoanalytic Psychology of Religion"
The Psychology of Mature Spirituality: Integrity, Wisdom, Transcendence By Polly Young-Eisendrath; Melvin E. Miller Routledge, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 9 "The Tao of Wisdom: Integration of Taoism and the Psychologies of Jung, Erikson, and Maslow"
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