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  • 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: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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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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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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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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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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Erik Erikson's Life Cycle Completed is a book I'd been looking forward to reading for a long time. Having had some experience reading about Erikson's theory of personality, which mostly involves his eight stages of human development, I thought this might be an illuminating read. It wasn't. It's pretty horribly written, and unnecessarily abstruse.

I'll give you an example of what I mean. Here's a quote from the book that I chose randomly from the earlier portion which is representative of the Erikson's writing:

In summary, the process of identity formation emerges as an evolving configuration—a configuration that gradually integrates constitutional givens, idiosyncratic libidinal needs, favored capacities, significant identifications, effective defenses, successful sublimations, and consistent roles. All these, however, can only emerge from a mutual adaptation of individual potentials, technological world views, and religious or political ideologies.

The spontaneous ritualizations of this stage can, of course, appear surprising, confusing, and aggravating in the shiftiness of the adolescents’ first attempts to ritualize their interplay with age mates and to create small group rituals. But they also foster participation in public events on sports fields and concert grounds and in political and religious arenas. In all of these, young people can be seen to seek a form of ideological confirmation, and here spontaneous rites and formal rituals merge. Such search, however, can also lead to fanatic participation in militant ritualisms marked by totalism; that is, a totalization of the world image so illusory that it lacks the power of self-renewal and can become destructively fanatic.

Erikson, Erik H.; Erikson, Joan M. (1998-06-17).
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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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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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Excellent book- I utilized this book in my dissertation on adult development of a grandmother. This book provides a detailed look in to the life cycle and the completion- death. A psychosocial approach was evident throughout the reading. Very useful in research and therapy tools.
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