Erik Erikson 's Life And Achievements Essay

894 Words Sep 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Erik Erikson, previously known as Erik Homberger, was born in Frankfurt, Germany and lived from June 15, 1902 to 1994. As Erikson’s dad abandoned Erik and his mother, Karla Abrahamsen, before Erik was even born there is not any information known about the biological father other than he was Danish. After raising Erik by herself for three years, Karla married Erik’s pediatrician Dr. Theodor Homberger. After they got married the family moved to Karlsruhe in southern Germany where Erikson got his education (Boeree, 1997). As Erikson was not a big fan of school, especially the subjects like science and math, he originally decided against going to college and decided that instead he would travel Europe and study art. After a year of traveling Erikson moved back to German and attended a formal art school. Eventually Erikson started teaching art (Sharkey, 1997). This marked the start of Erikson’s career as he went on to teach at several schools such as: Harvard, Yale, Berkeley, and the Menninger Foundation. However, the start of Erikson’s psychoanalytical career didn’t start until he was admitted to the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute, which is also where he meet his wife Joan Serson. Then in 1933 Erikson and his wife moved to the United States where Erikson was offered a position at Harvard Medical School to practice child psychoanalysis privately. Erik and Joan had three children together one of which sated that he believed his farther changed his name in order “to define himself…

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