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The Life Cycle Completed: A Review
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He and his wife happened to live a marvelous life during their many years of friendship and marriage.
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.
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.
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).Read more ›
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I bought this book because I needed an in depth analysis of Erikson's Theory. I was happy to buy this book because it not only referenced his work and explained it well, but there... Read morePublished 1 month ago by RACHEAL
This book is an insightful and practical learning tool.,
If you are looking for a good review of his work this will do it. I used it to write a paper on conflict and adolescence. It was helpful.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Erik Erikson is one of my favorite authors. He constantly nails it.Published 8 months ago by Erin E Pearson
Excellent and well written book
Easy to read, clear enough to understand, nice cover.
Recommend it highly.
This was considered groud breaking in its day but the writing style is overly formal and the observations are patently obvious by today's sensibilities. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amazon Customer ks