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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Extended Version edition (June 17, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393317722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393317725
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will last and last, because it contains the wisdom of two wonderfully knowing observers of our human destiny. -- Robert Coles

About 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.

Joan Mowat Erikson was born in Canada; she earned her B.A. in Education at Columbia University and an M.A. in Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is a teacher, writer, and craftsman and has worked with gold, silver, and precious stones. She is the author of a previous book, The Universal Bead. She is married to the noted psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson.

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Great basis for describing the formation of human development in all of it's processes as explained by Erik and Joan Erikson.
Sharon A. Robino-west
The first section of this book is written by his wife and it was so interesting to hear her personal story and details about her life with her husband.
Belle Schad
The book is a difficult read but I needed it for a psych class so... It came perfectly new, exactly what i needed and what was advertised.
Naydine Johney

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Last 1 Left on May 19, 2009
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I love the idea of a 9th Stage of "Transcendance" (yes, it's spelled "dance") with the virtue of "faith". Joan Erikson does hint at a certain element of pessimism over the deterioration of previous stages earned, going downhill in old age. However, in the end she speaks of the 9th stage that more than makes up for those losses. I think this stage could get a little more attention ..... transcendance and faith are worth teaching alongside the other 8 stages.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cavett on October 30, 2011
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I love this book! I picked it up for pennies on Amazon, and will keep in handy forever.

Do not settle for second-hand information about Erikson theory. This book is an easy read, and brings a simple understanding to the Erikson stages and crisis.

I prefer Bowen's work, but for behavioral theory assignments, this is the best money you will spend.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee C. Culver on July 11, 2013
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After years of teaching the stages of life it never occurred to me that the last stage would include reliving them all over again.
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What is significant is how seamlessly I could follow his scientific and humane line of thinking. Erickson has been trailing me accurately through three generations.
He and his wife happened to live a marvelous life during their many years of friendship and marriage.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donat Santowiak on October 2, 2013
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This book meets my current learning needs. Will continue to search for books with simmilar subject matter in the future.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Belle Schad on July 15, 2014
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Erik Erikson is my favorite theorist and I find his work fascinating. The first section of this book is written by his wife and it was so interesting to hear her personal story and details about her life with her husband. The book was full of great information however I did find it a little difficult to understand. I am a graduate student studying psychology and am pretty used to scholarly text. I would still recommend this book highly though!
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88 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Peter A. Kindle on August 19, 2003
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Erikson's psychosocial stages of human development are standard fare in introductory psychology textbooks. In this slim volume you will find Erik's personal explanation of these stages and three short chapters by Joan (25 pages total) that elude to an additional ninth stage. Both authors were long-lived (Erik to 91; Joan to 93+), and, accordingly, offer a perspective that relatively few others will share.
Having spent most of the last year teaching cognitive psychology, I was struck by the antiquated writing style and absence of empirical justification for Erik's conclusions. He is clearly indebted to the clinical observations and theoretical formulations of Sigmund Freud, and he devotes his entire first chapter to the task of making this indebtedness clear. It reads as though he were attempting to justify his slight deviation from the master.
The second chapter is another apologia, this one specifically addressing the synthesis of Freud's psychosexual with Erik's psychosocial stages. It is in this chapter that Erik presents his (in)famous eight-stage chart, but it is not discussed in depth.
The more detailed elaboration of the eight stages is attempted in chapter three. Erik starts with old age, rather than with infancy, arguing that the end goal is necessary to understand how the stages relate. His stage explanations are filed with word etymologies, casual references to clinical examples, and sweeping generalizations that embrace world histories, social movements, and philosophies. It would be hard to imagine how one could write this material to be more distinct from the careful limitations and operational definitions required in current psychological research.
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Though I read the original many years ago, Erikson's theory of the evolution of our personality in 8 cycles is very, very interesting and it applies to everyone no matter when you were born.
I read again this new versión that includes a 9th cycle in order to remember and watch my own evolution in perspective. I highly recommend this book specially a people involved in humanistic careers.
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