Erikson on Development in Adulthood: New Insights from the Unpublished Papers

By: Carol Hren Hoare

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Erik Erikson (1902-1994) was one of the most eminent and prolific psychologists of the 20th century. Over his long career he published a dozen books, including classics such as Childhood and Society; Identity, Youth, and Crisis; and Young Man Luther . He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award in 1970 for his biography Gandhis Truth. It was also in 1970, when he retired from Harvard University, that Erikson began to rethink his earlier theories of development. He became increasingly occupied with the conflicts and challenges of adulthood--a shift from his earlier writings on the identity crises of adolescence. For the past twenty years, Carol Hoare has written extensively on various aspects of Eriksons work. She has been aided by access to Eriksons unpublished papers at Harvard, as well as cooperation with Joan Erikson, the psychologists wife and longtime collaborator. By reconstructing Eriksons theory of adulthood from his unpublished papers, Hoare provides not only a much-needed revision of Eriksons work, but also a glimpse into the mind of one of the 20th centurys most profound thinkers.
Publication Date:
16 / 11 / 2001

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