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Here goes. Forming your identity is about drawing upon different areas of your life that make you 'you. This period if identity formation is difficult and turbulent for adolescents but it can also be a great time for new kinds of spontaneous activity to emerge.

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Of course, we should always be mindful of how some of the habits we form during this period could be bad in the sense they became dangerous or become such a matter of ritual that they're conformist. By the way, if you don't like my paraphrase, at least I gave a shot at clarity, which is more than I can say for Erikson's writing. My advice to the reader who would like to read this book to absorb Erikson's theory is to read from Chapter 5 onward.

As far as I can tell, this is the portion of the book that his wife Joan Erikson wrote, and it's very lucid and explains Erikson's theory much better than anything else in the earlier, chunkier part of the book. Jun 18, Roslyn rated it liked it. This book had nothing new to say.

But is that because it is so famous and referenced so often that it was unnecessary to read because I feel as if I have already read it? On the final stage of life, by Joan Erickson, very old age—it was shallow. She says that no one is really alive after the age of 85, it takes your whole day at that point just to get up, dress, eat, etc.

There is no time left to DO anything. You cannot have a purpose. I was thinking, "Done, I will take morphine at If Eskimos travel to distant areas as communities in order to find better hunting or fishing, they set out with sleds and dogs, equipment, and enough food for all.

No stopping for any length of time is possible; the cold is cruel. Should an aged one not be able to keep up, an igloo must be fashioned with ice—big enough for one. That person will understand and know in advance that this is a potential farewell and will probably wish it so. To freeze to death is better than to hold back and jeopardize the whole community. No doubt people prepare throughout their lives for this eventuality. Where this necessity is understood, elders are celebrated and revered. All can take part in venerating the occasion and the elder. I am thinking she will write that we need to learn to be more death accepting, to prepare for our death, to plan for it, to make it meaningful to die, etc.

Instead she blathers on about how we need to make old people feel relevant. It just doesn't follow. It's like she lost the courage to say what she wanted to say.

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Or am I misunderstanding her? Anyway, I also liked this quote about middle age: "Youth, in alliance with available ideologies, can envisage a wide spectrum of possibilities of 'salvation' and 'damnation'; while the love of young adulthood is inspired by dreams of what one may be able to do and to take care of together. With the love and care of adulthood, however, there gradually arises a most critical midlife factor, namely, the evidence of a narrowing of choices and conditions already irreversibly chosen—by fate of by oneself.


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Adult care thus must concentrate jointly on the means of taking lifelong care of what one has irrevocably chosen, or, indeed, has been forced to choose by fate. Aug 22, Richard Wu rated it it was ok. A case study in model overfitting and unnecessary abstraction marked by sparse on-point observations, albeit those of the stopped-clock varietal.

Am I still the sort to seek a story for my time to take a sense? Are you? Here is yet another book from the back bookcase read. Having pledged to read a book a month from the books languishing there, I am on track with a brief hiatus to read some educational books for a seminar I was scheduled to teach. I had never read any Erikson despite being in education lo these many year. I may still have to read Childhood and Society , but at least I can now say I've read one. Though this is a philosophy book , it was not so dense that I could not follow or make sense of it.

It Here is yet another book from the back bookcase read. It is thankfully brief but I appreciated his organization and references. Both helped the context by having order and a base in the field. His stages are easily understandable and he explains them well.

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I'm not a philosophy buff but for those who are, this would be an even more interesting book. Jul 17, Ann R. Joan Erikson: wisdom teacher I agree with another review that says to begin with the last few chapters. She is eminently readable as well as wise, writing from personal experience. I found this book useful, inspirational and hopeful! Aug 08, Theresa Southam rated it it was amazing. What's really special though is the last chapter of this extended version where Joan Erikson proposes a ninth stage of human development! Erikson's dense and dull writing gets in the way of the information he tried to impart.

There are some useful ideas in here, once you wade through the repetition and florid language. I didn't find the meaning nor logic in this book. This was a required reading for university.

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I wouldn't have read pages of this otherwise. Feb 16, Cathy rated it it was amazing. Nov 18, Jerry Williams rated it it was ok. I don't know how long ago this text was published, but it appears dated. The style is more informative than inspirational, however it falls short from an educational standpoint. Nov 18, Toby Newton rated it it was amazing. Take the time to stop and reflect, and it unlocks so much. Oct 13, Ana Ruiz rated it it was ok Shelves: , psychology. Who am I to judge a famed psychoanalyst who probably got more done in a year of his life than I will, ever.

It would be just a little bit pretentious. I hate how far-reaching it is, how stupid, how overblown and oh did I mention how stupid? I know that Erikson is like the best thing you can get in psychoanalysis, because he centers his theory on the ego and bla bla bla. I know this when it is Who am I to judge a famed psychoanalyst who probably got more done in a year of his life than I will, ever.

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I know this when it is taught to me, but when I read his ongoing blathering about the organic modes of incorporation and its consequences on everything I seriously consider changing majors because psychology can be so full of crap. Rant over. May 17, Jessica rated it did not like it Shelves: geriatrics , philosophy. Seeing for myself what a terrible writer Erik Erikson is made be embarrassed that he is considered a great thinker and his work is studied when one pursues degrees in areas such as psychology or counseling.

This work should be considered a philosophical text of the musings of one random white man who grew up in a time when all manner of bigotr Seeing for myself what a terrible writer Erik Erikson is made be embarrassed that he is considered a great thinker and his work is studied when one pursues degrees in areas such as psychology or counseling. This work should be considered a philosophical text of the musings of one random white man who grew up in a time when all manner of bigotries were not only considered acceptable, but also right and proper.

This should not be considered a work with scientific value that provides actual insights into human life in general. Jan 17, Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves: psychology. I'm so glad I read this. I found it by way of Michael Britt, who hosts a podcast named The Psych Files it's very good and enjoyable. Britt is interested in psychology and memory so he filmed a video episode illustrating the peg system of memory devices by showing one way you could memorize Erikson's eight stages.

I learned the stages but didn't know what they represented and I wanted to know more, particularly as it reminded me of that bit of Carl Jung's ideas about the domains of development, I'm so glad I read this. I learned the stages but didn't know what they represented and I wanted to know more, particularly as it reminded me of that bit of Carl Jung's ideas about the domains of development, that limitations in any one area can hold back the rest.

I think I may spend some more time with these stages, see how they 'fit' my perspective of things. I may want to read more of his work. Apr 22, Marek Benes rated it liked it. It was somewhat a struggle for me to read. I admit I was in a bit of a hurry. The contemplative way, in which it is written, was hard to get through. I feel like I would enjoy the book lot more if I was more familiar with his theory beforehand, because I would know what to look for amidst long and sprawling sentences.

Feb 09, Carl rated it liked it Recommends it for: fans of Erikson. Shelves: psych-sociology. I would say that this book is not as good as I had anticipated, given some of the Erikson's other writings. I found his theories to be well thought out, and in a different vain than any others I had read. Feb 11, ashley added it. Certainly a book to be read at all stages of development since we are constantly evolving. Surely you will get a new perspective each time you pick it up.

I loved seeing a husband and wife academic team. Joan Erikson is very poetic in her writing which nicely balances Erik's numerable "cent" words. Sep 01, Lyndon Bailey rated it liked it. Erikson was an art student, but after undergoing psychoanalysis by Anna Freud in Vienna in , he turned to the field of psychology. According to Erikson's life-cycle theory, first published in Childhood and Society , there are eight developmental stages, which are biologically determined but environmentally shaped: infancy, early childhood, play age, school age, adolescence, young adulthood, mature adulthood, and old age.

Each of these stages is associated with a particular crisis that the individual must successfully resolve in order to proceed normally to the next stage-for example, identity versus confusion in adolescence. The concept of the identity crisis is now firmly embedded in psychiatric theory. Erikson also studied the relationship between a person's life and the times in which he or she lives; and his historical-biographical studies of Luther and Gandhi are outstanding products of this inquiry.