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Erik Erikson (15 June 1902 – 12 May 1994) was a Danish-German-American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on social development of human beings. He may be most famous for coining the phrase identity crisis. His son, Kai T. Erikson, is a noted American sociologist.



Major works

  • Childhood and Society (1950)
  • Young Man Luther. A Study in Psychoanalysis and History (1958)
  • Identity: Youth and Crisis (1968)
  • 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, 1987)


  • Identity and the Life Cycle. Selected Papers (1959)
  • A Way of Looking at Things: Selected Papers 1930-1980 (Editor: Stephen P. Schlein, Ph.D. 1987)
  • The Erik Erikson Reader (Editor: Robert Coles, 2001)

Related work

  • Erikson on Development in Adulthood: New Insights from the Unpublished Papers (Dallas Hope Melinda Bird, 2002)
  • Erik Erikson Worked For His Life, Work, and Significance (Kit Welchman, 2000)
  • Identity's Architect: A Biography of Erik H. Erikson (Lawrence J. Friedman, 1999)
  • Erik H. Erikson: The Power and Limits of a Vision, N.Y., The Free Press (Paul Roazen, 1976)
  • "Everybody Rides the Carousel" (documentary film) (Hubley, 1976)
  • Erik H. Erikson: the Growth of His Work (Robert Coles, 1970)
  • Ideas and Identities: The Life and Work of Erik Erikson (Robert S. Wallerstein & Leo Goldberger, eds., [IUP, 1998])

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