Erik Erikson

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Erik Erikson (1902-1994) was a German native who came to the United States in the 1930s as a child analyst. Erikson believed that personality develops over the course of a lifetime. He found children to be complex and resilient, developing in context of society’s expectations and prejudices.1

 Erikson’s best known contribution is his Developmental Theory in which a person travels through eight stages from infancy well into adulthood. At each stage the individual faces a conflict between his own psychological needs and the needs of society.2

Erikson’s Developmental Theory is summarized in this chart:

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Josie is an early childhood educator turned children's librarian from Kansas City, MO. When she's not promoting play and early literacy, she loves to spend time with her family and travel. During her rare moments of free time, you can find Josie curled up with a cat and a good book. Feel free to reach out to her with early literacy questions or ask for book recommendations.

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  1. http://www.erikson.edu/about/history/erik-erikson/
  2. https://www.simplypsychology.org/Erik-Erikson.html
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