quote by Erik Erikson

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding.

— Erik Erikson

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Child psychology quote It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair and adult.
It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair and adult.

I think the future of psychotherapy and psychology is in the school system.

We need to teach every child how to rarely seriously disturb himself or herself and how to overcome disturbance when it occurs.

How often do we stand convinced of the truth of our early memories, forgetting that they are assessments made by a child? We can replace the narratives that hold us back by inventing wiser stories, free from childish fears, and, in doing so, disperse long-held psychological stumbling blocks.

Child psychology quote A child can teach an adult three things: To be happy for no reason, to always be
A child can teach an adult three things: To be happy for no reason, to always be curious, to fight tirelessly for something.

At birth, the child leaves a person - his mother's womb - and this makes him independent of her bodily functions. The baby is next endowed with an urge, or need, to face the out world and to absorb it. We might say that he is born with 'the psychology of world conquest.' By absorbing what he finds about him, he forms his own personality.

The word education must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child.


I want to get back to education. When I was in college I paid attention to child psychology portions of our psychology classes. I watch other people work with babies. And I saw the baby as developing like a computer and it intrigued me in my life. I wanted to do that.

Child psychology quote A child learns to walk and falls down 50 times. He never thinks to himself, "may
A child learns to walk and falls down 50 times. He never thinks to himself, "maybe this isn't for me?".

It is evident, therefore, that one of the most fundamental problems of psychology is that of investigating the laws of mental growth. When these laws are known, the door of the future will in a measure be opened; determination of the child's present status will enable us to forecast what manner of adult he will become.

Ever since I was a child I've had a passion for colors and a sixth sense and known how to use it. I started in fashion, but I got side-tracked by psychology and its color connection. I went back to school and got both my degrees in psychology, but I kept studying design. Color has an application in all of those fields.

This leads us to note down in our psychological chart of the mass-man of today two fundamental traits: the free expansion of his vital desires, and, therefore, of his personality; and his radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible the ease of his existence. These traits together make up the well-known psychology of the spoilt child.

Child psychology quote Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.
Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.

We acquire both the language and religious concepts from our immediate culture – at the same time. A child cannot discriminate between useful survival information and the emotional and psychological manipulations of religion. Once infected, these ideas are deeply embedded and almost impossible to change.


Child psychology and animal psychology are of relatively slight importance, as compared with the sciences which deal with the corresponding physiological problems of ontogeny and phylogeny.

Anyone who is interested in the psychology of children will have observed that whereas one child will resist temptation or seduction, another will easily yield to it. There are children who will hardly oppose any resistance to the invitation of an unknown person to follow him; others who react in an opposite way in the same circumstances.

Child psychology quote It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult.
It is easier to build up a child than it is to repair an adult.

I was a physical education major with a child psychology minor at Temple, which means if you ask me a question about a child's behavior, I will advise you to tell the child to take a lap.

Rilke has a very bizarre relationship to women because his mother had an older child, a girl who died when she was a baby. So when Rilke was born she named him Sophie and dressed him as a girl until he was 7. And psychologically, the repercussions of that made him the genius that he is. By the time he was 35, he was continuously falling in love with older women, mother figures, spiritual mothers.

I was in an adolescent psychology class at Citadel when the guy said, if you had a mother who was beaten, there's a great chance you'll beat your wife. And if you were beaten as a child, there's a terrific chance you're going to be a child-beater.

Child psychology quote A child needs your love most when they deserve it least.
A child needs your love most when they deserve it least.

When a child enters the world through you, it alters everything on a psychic, psychological and purely practical level.

In the psychological realm of relationship between teacher and child, the teacher's part and its techniques are analogous to those of the valet; they are to serve, and to serve well: to serve the spirit.

Too-broad questions, such as, "What's on your mind?" are apt to be answered "nothing" nearly one hundred percent of the time. Be careful of slipping into ""psycho-speak," however. Kids pick up instantly your attempt at being a pseudo-shrink. Most resent it and are apt to tune out anything that sounds like you're reading a script from the latest child-psychology text.

Child psychology quote Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees
Be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars.

A child of three cannot raise its chubby fist to its mouth to remove a piece of carpet which it is through eating, without being made the subject of a psychological seminar of child-welfare experts, and written up, along with five hundred other children of three who have put their hands to their mouths for the same reason.

Boom Bang a Bang was a huge part of me, maybe a part that I didnt relish, and there might be psychological reasons for that - I was a child being made to do things I didnt want to do. I was perhaps an elitist, a bit of a snob.


When a parent denies a child its parent time, that parent is denying the child its child support - its psychological child support.

Child psychology quote Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you're in t
Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you're in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.
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I majored in Psychology in college. I was going to be a child psychologist.

I don't want to name names because I don't want to draw too many direct comparisons but the history of Fascism is populated by people who need to subjugate other people and elevate their status and power to a level which is supreme. Usually, any psychological study of those people will reveal a sort of lost, damaged child, who is somehow heartbroken and doesn't have any self-worth.

And I think the female creative urge is intrinsically biologically linked to our ability to give birth to a child, even if we've never... I've never given birth, but I feel like it's part of our psychology.

Child psychology quote Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.

This leads us to note down in our psychological chart of the mass-man of today two fundamental traits: the free expansion of his vital desires, and, therefore, of his personality; and his radical ingratitude towards all that has made possible the ease of his existence. These traits together make up the well-known psychology of the spoilt child.


If I wasn't doing modeling, I'd like to study child psychology.

Child psychology and child psychiatry cannot be reformed. They must be abolished.

Child psychology quote The creative adult is the child who survived.
The creative adult is the child who survived.

Ideal for the child and society in the best of times, Rudolf Steiner's brilliant process of education is critically needed and profoundly relevant now at this time of childhood crisis and educational breakdown. Waldorf Education nurtures the intellectual, psychological and spiritual unfolding of the child. The concerned parent and teacher will find a multitude of problems clearly addressed in this practical, artistic approach.

Man's unconscious... contains all the patterns of life and behaviour inherited from his ancestors, so that every human child, prior to consciousness, is possessed of a potential system of adapted psychic functioning.

Nature does nothing without a purpose.

In children may be observed the traces and seeds of what will one day be settled psychological habits, though psychologically a child hardly differs for the time being from an animal.

Child psychology quote Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to she shouldn'ts, t
Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to she shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen child. Anything can be.

Every child has to disobey the father.

Unless a child disobeys the father he never becomes mature. It is nothing, original, it is very simple and natural. It is very psychological. There comes an age when every child has to say NO to the parents. If he does not say no to the parents he will not have a spine; he will be spineless. If he cannot say no to the parents, he will be a slave his whole life. He will never attain to individuality.

When you're a child, grownups always tell you that "sticks and stones will break your bones, but words will never hurt you". They say it as if it's a kind of spell that's going to protect you. I've never seen the logic of it. Cuts and bruises quickly disappear. You forget all about them. The psychological wounds inflicted by bullies with words go much deeper.

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