Erik Erikson: Critical Times, Critical Theory

  title={Erik Erikson: Critical Times, Critical Theory},
  author={Elizabeth Douvan},
  journal={Child Psychiatry and Human Development},
  • E. Douvan
  • Published 1997
  • Psychology
  • Child Psychiatry and Human Development
The work and legacy of Erik Erikson are described in this brief outline of his career, his theories, and his impact on psychoanalysis, psychology, history, and the broader culture. His conception of the adolescent task—weaving internal tastes, talents, and values together with elements of one's life history and the demands of one's culture into a coherent identity—has had profound effects on developmental psychology and the way in which sophisticated youth construct and describe their lives… 

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