Erik Erikson has been described as 'probably the most significant post-Freudian thinker' with a 'unique and profound vision'. Al Gore was his student, Bill Clinton a great admirer. Getting to grips with his complex ideas however is no easy task. This book provides a comprehensive and in-depth road map to Erikson's work and is ideal for all students of Psychology. Stevens lucidly and authoritatively analyses his ideas about childhood development, adolescence, identity, the life cycle and his psychobiographical studies of Luther and Gandhi. This penetrating critique of Erikson's work reveals how relevant his ideas are today.
RICHARD STEVENS was previously Head of Psychology at the Open University, UK, and has been Chair of the Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain and consultant editor for psychoanalysis for the Oxford University Press Dictionary of Psychology. His previous books include Personal World and Understanding the Self. Dr Stevens broadcasts regularly on psychological issues.
Introduction.- A brief Biography.- Triple Book-Keeping.- The Life Cycle.- Psychosocial Identity.- Psychobiographical Studies.- The Nature of Erikson's Contribution.- Appendix: Exercises in Self-Awareness.- References.- Index.