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In the social jungle of human existence, there is no feeling of being alive without a sense of identity. ---->>>

The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.

The more you know yourself, the more patience you have for what you see in others.

Life doesn't make any sense without interdependence. We need each other, and the sooner we learn that, the better for us all. ---->>>

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.

There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding, which constitutes a new hope and a new responsibility for all.

You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what's wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever's in them rises to the surface in free play. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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.

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.

Parents must not only have certain ways of guiding by prohibition and permission, they must also be able to represent to the child a deep, almost somatic conviction that there is meaning in what they are doing. ---->>>

He who is ashamed would like to force the world not to look at him, not to notice his exposure. He would like to destroy the eyes of the world. ---->>>

Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.

Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.

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. ---->>>

I am what survives of me. ---->>>

A man's conflicts represent what he 'really' is. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

We cannot leave history entirely to nonclinical observers and to professional historians. ---->>>

The only thing that can save us as a species is seeing how we're not thinking about future generations in the way we live. ---->>>

Doubt is the brother of shame. ---->>>

You've got to learn to accept the law of life, and face the fact that we disintegrate slowly. ---->>>

The way you 'take history' is also a way of 'making history.' ---->>>

The psychoanalytic method is essentially a historical method. ---->>>

Men have always shown a dim knowledge of their better potentialities by paying homage to those purest leaders who taught the simplest and most inclusive rules for an undivided mankind. ---->>>

Man's true taproots are nourished in the sequence of generations, and he loses his taproots in disrupted developmental time, not in abandoned localities. ---->>>

Every adult, whether he is a follower or a leader, a member of a mass or of an elite, was once a child. He was once small. A sense of smallness forms a substratum in his mind, ineradicably. His triumphs will be measured against this smallness; his defeats will substantiate it. ---->>>

We are what we love. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 06-15, 1902
Birthplace:
Die: 05-12, 1994
Occupation: Psychologist
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Erik Homburger Erikson (born Erik Salomonsen; 15 June 1902 – 12 May 1994) was a German-born American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on psychosocial 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 (wikipedia)