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by Joan M. Erikson,Erik H. Erikson

Featuring a new chapter by Joan Erikson on the joys and challenges of a ninth stage of life, "Very Old Age," a classic study of the developmental stages in the human life cycle examines such themes as the interdependence of history and life history, identity crises, and the definition of maturity.
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ISBN: 039303934X
ISBN13: 978-0393039344
Category: Fitness
Subcategory: Psychology & Counseling
Author: Joan M. Erikson,Erik H. Erikson
Language: English
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc; Expanded, Subsequent edition (April 1, 1997)
Pages: 134 pages
ePUB size: 1700 kb
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Rating: 4.1
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An inspiring read. While this is a book on psychosocial development the Ericksons have skilled playfulness with language which draws the reader into a poetic comprehension of nine levels of human development from fancy to old age, the primary challenge of each phase, and the relational capacity opened up by the resolution of each challenge. They then explore how each conflict and capacity, either as a prefigurement or an echo potentially influences the individual’s psyche and social relations across time. Written at the intersection of psychology, sociology and spirituality, this book offers a hopeful and holistic perspective of human development and aging.
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Erik Erikson's Life Cycle Completed is a book I'd been looking forward to reading for a long time. Having had some experience reading about Erikson's theory of personality, which mostly involves his eight stages of human development, I thought this might be an illuminating read. It wasn't. It's pretty horribly written, and unnecessarily abstruse.

I'll give you an example of what I mean. Here's a quote from the book that I chose randomly from the earlier portion which is representative of the Erikson's writing:

In summary, the process of identity formation emerges as an evolving configuration—a configuration that gradually integrates constitutional givens, idiosyncratic libidinal needs, favored capacities, significant identifications, effective defenses, successful sublimations, and consistent roles. All these, however, can only emerge from a mutual adaptation of individual potentials, technological world views, and religious or political ideologies.

The spontaneous ritualizations of this stage can, of course, appear surprising, confusing, and aggravating in the shiftiness of the adolescents’ first attempts to ritualize their interplay with age mates and to create small group rituals. But they also foster participation in public events on sports fields and concert grounds and in political and religious arenas. In all of these, young people can be seen to seek a form of ideological confirmation, and here spontaneous rites and formal rituals merge. Such search, however, can also lead to fanatic participation in militant ritualisms marked by totalism; that is, a totalization of the world image so illusory that it lacks the power of self-renewal and can become destructively fanatic.

Erikson, Erik H.; Erikson, Joan M. (1998-06-17). The Life Cycle Completed (Extended Version) (p. 74). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.

One of the obvious problems with the writing is not only that it's jargon-filled but that he loves to nominalize--make words into or rely heavily upon abstract nouns. As a little exercise here, I'll try to put into plain English as best I can what he said above. Here goes.
Forming your identity is about drawing upon different areas of your life that make you 'you.' From your innate characteristics and your basic drives toward food, clothes, shelter, and love to the capacities you've cultivated in yourself or the groups and roles you identify with and on down to your defense mechanisms--all of these play a role in making you 'you,' and there's this complex interplay with all these factors and your ever-changing (political, religious, technological) worldview.

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. 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.
I bought this book because I needed an in depth analysis of Erikson's Theory. I was happy to buy this book because it not only referenced his work and explained it well, but there was added perspective by the author that was helpful. Would suggest this book to anyone that is studying the field of psychology.
If you are looking for a good review of his work this will do it. I used it to write a paper on conflict and adolescence. It was helpful.
I have always liked Erikson's developmental, with the edition of Joan Erikson's final stage, it is even more relevant and tender.
Excellent book- I utilized this book in my dissertation on adult development of a grandmother. This book provides a detailed look in to the life cycle and the completion- death. A psychosocial approach was evident throughout the reading. Very useful in research and therapy tools.
Concise and interesting, but as a collection of essays, not as enticing as some of Erikson's books. I did not come away from this read feeling as if I had gained much new insight into the dilemma of old age, though it was fascinating that Erikson's wife completed the book.
Erik Erikson is my favorite theorist and I find his work fascinating. The first section of this book is written by his wife and it was so interesting to hear her personal story and details about her life with her husband. The book was full of great information however I did find it a little difficult to understand. I am a graduate student studying psychology and am pretty used to scholarly text. I would still recommend this book highly though!