34+ Erik Erikson Quotes On Child Development, Adolescence And Education

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  1. In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity.
  2. The richest and fullest lives attempt to achieve an inner balance between three realms: work, love and play.
  3. There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding.
  4. Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure. Do not mistake a child for his symptom.
  5. Adolescents need freedom to choose, but not so much freedom that they cannot, in fact, make a choice.
  6. The sense of identity provides the ability to experience one's self as something that has continuity and sameness, and to act accordingly.
  7. Play is the most natural method of self-healing that childhood affords.
  8. Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
  9. The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.
  10. Babies control and bring up their families as much as they are controlled by them; in fact ... the family brings up baby by being brought up by him.

Erik Erikson Short Quotes

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  • Do not mistake a child for his symptom.
  • You've got to learn to accept the law of life, and face the fact that we disintegrate slowly.
  • Doubt is the brother of shame.
  • If life is to be sustained, hope must remain.
  • The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.
  • You can actively flee, then, and you can actively stay put.
  • In America nature is autocratic, saying, "I am not arguing, I am telling you.
  • Personality, too, is destiny.
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Erik Erikson Famous Quotes And Sayings

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Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. Others have called this deepest quality confidence, and I have referred to trust as the earliest positive psychosocial attitude, but if life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired. — Erik Erikson

The fact that human conscience remains partially infantile throughout life is the core of human tragedy. — Erik Erikson

The growing child must derive a vitalizing sense of reality from the awareness that his individual way of mastering experience (his ego synthesis) is a successful variant of a group identity and is in accord with its space-time and life plan. — Erik Erikson

The American feels too rich in his opportunities for free expression that he often no longer knows what he is free from. Neither does he know where he is not free; he does not recognize his native autocrats when he sees them. — Erik Erikson

Hope is the enduring belief in the attainability of fervent wishes, in spite of the dark urges and rages which mark the beginning of existence. Hope is the ontogenetic basis of faith, and is nourished by the adult faith which pervades patterns of care. — Erik Erikson

When established identities become outworn or unfinished ones threaten to remain incomplete, special crises compel men to wage holy wars, by the cruelest means, against those who seem to question or threaten their unsafe ideological bases. — Erik Erikson

Will, therefore, is the unbroken determination to exercise free choice as well as self-restraint, in spite of the unavoidable experience of shame and doubt in infancy. — Erik Erikson

If one sees the personality not as an apparatus that is essentially constructed by the time childhood is over, but as always in its essence developing, then life at 25 or 30 or at the gateway to middle age will stimulate its own intrigue, surprise, and exhilaration of discovery. — Erik Erikson

Mans true taproots are nourished in the sequence of generations, and he loses his taproots in disrupted developmental time, not in abandoned localities. — Erik Erikson

Nobody likes to be found out, not even one who has made ruthless confession a part of his profession. Any autobiographer, therefore, at least between the lines, spars with his reader and potential judge. — Erik Erikson

When we looked at the life cycle in our 40s, we looked to old people for wisdom. At 80, though, we look at other 80-year-olds to see who got wise and who not. Lots of old people don't get wise, but you don't get wise unless you age. — Erik Erikson

If there is any responsibility in the cycle of life it must be that one generation owes to the next that strength by which it can come to face ultimate concerns in its own way. — Erik Erikson

Let us face it: 'deep down' nobody in his right mind can visualize his own existence without assuming that he has always lived and will live hereafter. — Erik Erikson

In the evaluation of the dominant moods of any historical period it is important to hold fast to the fact that there are always islands of self-sufficient order — on farms and in castles, in homes, studies, and cloisters — where sensible people manage to live relatively lusty and decent lives: as moral as they must be, as free as they may be, and as masterly as they can be. If we only knew it, this elusive arrangement is happiness. — Erik Erikson

Children cannot be fooled by empty praise and condescending encouragement. They may have to accept artificial bolstering of their self-esteem in lieu of something better, but what I call their accruing ego identity gains real strength only from wholehearted and consistent recognition of real accomplishment, that is, achievement that has meaning in their culture. — Erik Erikson

Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit; for such mutilation undercuts the life principle of trust, without which every human act, may it feel ever so good and seem ever so right is prone to perversion by destructive forms of conscientiousness. — Erik Erikson

Life Lessons by Erik Erikson

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  1. Erik Erikson's work emphasizes the importance of developing a strong sense of identity and self-confidence throughout life. He proposed that individuals progress through eight stages of psychosocial development, each stage presenting a crisis that must be resolved in order to move on to the next stage.
  2. Erikson's work highlights the importance of developing a secure sense of trust and autonomy in early life, as well as the need to establish a sense of purpose in later life.
  3. Through his work, Erikson encourages us to strive for balance between our inner and outer worlds, as well as to be mindful of the impact of our actions on others and the world around us.

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