Essay on Erik Erikson 's Influence On Life

2585 Words Dec 8th, 2016 11 Pages
Erik Erikson, was born in 1902 in Frankfurt, Germany, to a young Jewish mother. His biological father and mother separated before he was born, later on his mother remarried Erikson 's physician. (Weiland, 1993, p1). In school, he was bullied for his appearance because he did not look like the other kids. He felt that his stepfather never fully accepted him. Because his biological father was Danish and his stepfather was Jewish. It was hard for him to figure out where he fit in. Those early on experiences in life helped fuel his interests in identity. In the late 1920s he meet Anna Freud, daughter of Sigmund Freud and started studying psychoanalysis at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute. He never received a formal degree, instead all of his knowledge was based on his experiences and readings. (Weiland, 1993, p.2). In 1930 he married Joan Serson, a dancer and artist. They fled the Nazi uprising with their young son in 1933 to America. The couple had three children.
Psychosocial theory
Unlike Freud, who believed that we are motivated by sexual desires, Erikson believed that social interactions and society play a role in shaping people 's personalities and identity. (Feldman ,2017, p.15). In the psychosocial theory we go through eight distinct stages in life the first four stages stem from Freud 's psychosexual theory. In the psychosocial theory we go through eight destined stages oral, anal, phallic, latency, genital, early adulthood, middle adulthood, and late adulthood.…

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