A Way of Looking at Things
Selected Papers, 1930-1980
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Way of Looking at Things by Erik H. Erikson
Book DescriptionThis collection of his writings reflects the evolution of his ideas over the course of 50 years, beginning with his earliest experiences in psychoanalysis in Vienna. The papers cover a wide spectrum of topics, from children's play and child psychoanalysis to the dreams of adults, cross-cultural observations, young adulthood and the life cycle. The text also contains reminiscences about colleagues such as Anna Freud and Ruth Benedict who played important roles in Erikson's life and work.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393313147
(234mm x 155mm x 35mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 4-Oct-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Erik H. Erikson
Erikson on Development in Adulthood, Hardback (December 2001)
Erik Erikson (1902-1994) was one of the most eminent and prolific psychologists of the 20th century. By reconstructing theory of adulthood from his unpublished papers, the author provides a revision of his work, and a glimpse into the mind of a profound thinker.
Erik Erikson Reader, Paperback (April 2001)
"This volume, ably assembled and introduced by Robert Coles, presents the Essential Erikson."-Howard Gardner
Life Cycle Completed, Paperback (May 1998)
"This book will last and last, because it contains the wisdom of two wonderfully knowing observers of our human destiny."-Robert Coles
Childhood and Society, Paperback (April 1995)» View all books by Erik H. Erikson
An interpretation of human life on psychological lines. Using case histories as springboards for theoretical discussion of the formative years of childhood, Professor Erikson identifies human life as a delicate balance between bodily, mental and social influences.
US Kirkus Review » A massive tome collecting everything from trivia to entire monographs by the famed psycho-historian who explained Martin Luther's life by his constipation, and Gandhi's by his sexual abstinence."Selected" is not the right word for a book of almost 800 pages that includes seemingly everything but laundry lists (e.g., a note of congratulations to some friends on their wedding anniversary). Otherwise, this book takes a lot of going through. Part of the reason is that Erikson, apart from being prolific, is a heavy, unexciting writer. His analyses of the Black Panther Movement and student revolts are detailed in slow polysyllables until Erikson actually makes these issues seem boring. In doing so, he may have provided a service in cooling angry hearts and minds, but surely this was not his intention. A curious modesty sneaks into these pieces, such as when Erikson accepts the National Book Award for his study on Gandhi, and denies that it is "really a good book." The Gandhi book has been thoroughly discredited by Ved Mehta, just as Erikson's work on Luther was discredited by Roland Bainton, among other scholars. In short, there may be much reason for modesty in the works of this psycho-historian whose history was often ill-founded. Doubtless, Erikson has integrity - he resigned from the University of California rather than reaffirm a loyalty oath he had already signed during the McCarthy era. His wartime analyses of Hitler's speeches and his own suggestions for the treatment of mentally damanged veterans have a firm place in the history of psychoanalysis. Yet most of the material reprinted here might well have remained in its original place, as it is of immediate interest to few but Erikson disciples and biographers of modern psychology. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Erik H. Erikson
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.
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