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Erik Erikson

Erik Homburger Erikson (June 15, 1902 - May 12, 1994) was a developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on social development of human beings, and for coining the phrase 'identity crisis '.


Major works:

  • Childhood and Society (1950)
  • Young Man Luther. A study in Psychoanalysis and History (1958)
  • Gandhi's Truth: On the Origin of Militant Nonviolence (1969)
  • Adulthood (Edited book, 1978)
  • Vital Involvement in Old Age (with J.M. Erikson and H. Kivnick, 1986)
  • The Life Cycle Completed (with J.M. Erikson, 1997)


  • Identity and the Life Cycle. Selected Papers (1959)
  • A Way of Looking at Things: Selected Papers 1930-1980 (Editor: S.P. Schlien, 1995)
  • The Erik Erikson Reader (Editor: Robert Coles, 2001)

Related works:

  • Identity's Architect: A Biography of Erik H. Erikson (Lawrence J. Freidman and Robert Coles, 1999)
  • Erik Erikson, His Life, Work, and Significance (Kit Welchman, 2000)

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