Erik Erikson's Theories Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Erik Erikson's Theories
A comparison of Erik Erikson's psychoanalytic theories with those of Sigmund Freud.
# 107901 | 795 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Sep 16, 2008 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper discusses Erik Erikson's contribution to psychoanalytic theory and compares it to the theories of Sigmund Freud. It discusses the application of his theories not only to identity and personality, but also to social science issues, as well as his focus on the problems of children, adolescents and adults. The paper suggests that Erikson took the basics of Freudian theory and expanded it, placing emphasis on the social development and the development of the individual over the life cycle.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chapman AJ, Foot HC, Smith JR. (1995) Friendship and Social Relations in Children. Transaction Publishers, New York.
  • Wallerstein, R.S. (1998). Erikson's Concept of Ego Identity Reconsidered. J. Amer. Psychoanal. Assn., 46:229-247
  • Leffert M. (2007) Postmodernism and its impact on psychoanalysis. Bull Menninger Clin. 71; 1:22-41.
  • Marzi A, Hautmann G, Maestro S. (2006) Critical reflections on intersubjectivity in psychoanalysis. Int J Psychoanal 87; 1297-1314.
  • Douvan E. (1997) Erik Erikson: critical times, critical theory. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev 29; 1:15-21.

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