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Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History (Austen Riggs Monograph) Paperback – June 17, 1993
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In sum, I found this book is most interesting and useful as a window into a EE's application of his own theory (which is fascinating), rather than a biography of Martin Luther.
This is an admirable piece of theorizing and research combined and a fascinating read.
Erikson's central thesis is that Luther's protracted identify crisis caused his development into a radical religious leader. Erikson bases this argument on several events in Luther's life that reveal a severe and unresolved crisis. The first of these events occurs when Luther is in his early twenties. Eventually, Erikson traces this crisis back to the anal stage of psychosexual development. When, well into his adulthood, Luther partially resolved this identity crisis he was able to overcome his timidity and realize his potential. Erikson uses several primary sources, but he relies most heavily upon the writings of Martin Luther.
While Erikson does not explicitly state the time period covered, this book examines events that take place in the late 1400s and early 1500s. Subjects discussed include the social and religious aspects of Martin Luther's life. There are no graphic aides included in this text. This book is organized into eight chapters. In the first chapter, Erikson explains the purpose of this text and his methodology. Specifically, he states that he is going to use psychoanalytic theory and his own clinical experiences with young people to construe Luther's childhood, on which there are very few records.
Erikson examines Luther's "fit in the choir" in the second chapter.Read more ›
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