Childhood and Society PDF/EPUB ☆ Childhood and

Childhood and Society PDF/EPUB ☆ Childhood and

Childhood and Society ➥ [Epub] ➟ Childhood and Society By Erik H. Erikson ➯ – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk The original and vastly influential ideas of Erik H Erikson underlie much of our understanding of human development His insights into the interdependence of the individuals growth and historical chang The original and vastly influential ideas of Erik H Erikson underlie much of our understanding of human development His insights into the interdependence of the individuals growth and historical change, his now famous concepts of identity, growth, and the life cycle, have changed the way we perceive ourselves and society Widely read and cited, his works have won numerous awards including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book AwardCombining the insights of clinical psychoanalysis with a new approach to cultural anthropology, Childhood and Society deals Childhood and eBook ´ with the relationships between childhood training and cultural accomplishment, analyzing the infantile and the mature, the modern and the archaic elements in human motivation It was hailed upon its first publication as a rare and living combination of European and American thought in the human sciences Margaret Mead, The American Scholar Translated into numerous foreign languages, it has gone on to become a classic in the study of the social significance of childhood.


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  1. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    Upon completion I offered up a heartfelt prayer thank God that s all over, not that it was bad, just Meh, itor less managed to ascend to the dizzy heights of this might be interesting by about a third of the way through and then went downhill from there.The problem is the age old one of my expectations, if I take the title and a quote 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 s Upon completion I offered up a heartfelt prayer thank God that s all over, not that it was bad, just Meh, itor less managed to ascend to the dizzy heights of this might be interesting by about a third of the way through and then went downhill from there.The problem is the age old one of my expectations, if I take the title and a quote 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 p364 from late in the book then one looks to see what the author will have to say about the influence of past childhoods on contemporary society in the 1950s He s not really up to that, and when he does discuss groups of children there are never numbers and the evidence of other experts doesn t seem to agree with what he sees or is told When he breaks out and looks at the Lakota, he does present a compelling picture of how their child rearing processes functioned to produce the hunters and warriors that their society wanted required But it does not really work for the girls, instead we get a kind of hand wavy, well the girls have got to be good helpers for the boys and they were , but then the days of hunters and warriors were long over by the time that he was having conversations with elders so his picture is based on what people were telling him on the basis of what they had been told about the good old days, of prime important here to his argument is unrestricted access to the maternal breast well into childhood, while other experts in the text cite an average age of weaning of between 12 to 18 months not quite the unrestricted access of which he sang The impression that Erikson is a conjuror playing fast and loose, and it becomes hard to shake the impression that one can see the cards up his sleeve and the rabbit in his hat He is happy though and suddenly his explorations reminded me of The Uses of Mythology, Freudianism is perhaps the most literary of studies and Erikson reads his patients as one might a novel, and in this book tries to do something similar with societies This is about the forging of the personality in the age of myth Childhood takes place in a kind of fantasy, suspiciously Jungian view spoiler since otherwise he seems orthodoxly Freudian hide spoiler archetypal figures of mother or father aim to shape the child who rebels or reverts in suspiciously mythic ways Oedipus may wrestle with Rhea, but Erikson doesn t tread a path from how this gets us to the adult society filled with adults harbouring their childhood fears.More problematic is that the default is he, at times I felt that boyhood and society, with society understood as the social component of male life, might have been a better title, my feeling was that girls were mostly tacked on, but then the role of the woman in Erikson s psychology is to have babies, psychological health is enjoying that and finding coitus with a man in a manner calculated to produce babies at the core of her everyday pleasures, men get in addition to coitus view spoiler presumably since children abound, Erikson does not explicitly mention this, but it seems a safe inference view spoiler though it could just be that Danish sperm banks do a roaring trade hide spoiler hide spoiler get to have social roles however their anxieties are meant to be caused by childhood toilet training view spoiler breast feeding and age of weaning in industrial society is not a concern for him hide spoiler rather than role tensions although Erikson does wonder at one stage how psychology interacts with economics in producing society, but as I said, he approaches being interesting at times.He suggests at one stage that the Adam and Eve story is really about the loss of access to the maternal breast resulting when the teeth erupt and the baby bites ungenerously upon the mother, and this is when he is happiest dealing with human experience as myth view spoiler rather than when he is biting breasts, about which he is reticent hide spoiler Great flood stories are very widespread among human cultures view spoiler which isn t surprising as water gets everywhere hide spoiler , expulsion from Paradise due to biting stories howeverOverall he is happiest down in the myths and one can see here how Freud is a wonderful toy for looking at books or films, to discuss the USA he chooses John Henry, he likes Mein Kampf as excellently mythological, likewise a Soviet film based on Maxim Gorky s autobiography.Aside from this one is left with the case studies which in a kind of I may have a log in my eye but I can still laugh at the splinter in yours are amusing the American man who didn t drink, swear or smoke, and who felt that guns were abhorrent and so as you may have guessed, joined the army, admittedly as a junior kind of medic, unsurprisingly he has a breakdown in a combat situation view spoiler possibly related to childhood toilet training hide spoiler , a spell specialising in diseases of the rich leads him to a girl who evacuates in to her bed during the night view spoiler pleasing symbolic since when one is rich there are always poor people to clean up after you hide spoiler , I m not sure anyif the problem was that her father had banned her from watching him shave in the mornings, or if it was her evil mother changing her nannies again A boy had the opposite problem in which case Erikson intervenes to explain with diagrams that little boys can t be pregnant, this allows a happy event and everybody is satisfied once the toilet is unblocked Enough toilet humour.I had the sense though of several cultural threads coming together and getting knotted up before flowing out to no doubt influence a generation or two of readers in ways I am not yet aware of view spoiler in case you are wondering, while he does think that toilet training and breast feeding are important he doesn t make any specific recommendations, remarking ruefully that the child of a psychoanalytic family when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up answered a patient hide spoiler


  2. Christopher Howard Christopher Howard says:

    I definitely appreciate Erikson s sentiment His prose is very easy to read, but also dusted with a literary flair Psychology seems to me, at its best, to be a true literary science I would hope that this would be an empowering statement for literature rather than a detracting statement for psychology I fully realize empowering and detracting are poor words here but I can t think in the moment of a better wording Erikson also seems to me to be steeped in humanism rather than humanitariani I definitely appreciate Erikson s sentiment His prose is very easy to read, but also dusted with a literary flair Psychology seems to me, at its best, to be a true literary science I would hope that this would be an empowering statement for literature rather than a detracting statement for psychology I fully realize empowering and detracting are poor words here but I can t think in the moment of a better wording Erikson also seems to me to be steeped in humanism rather than humanitarianism This should be the first criteria for a psychologist, also for anyone I could gointo my general feelings on proper psychology, but who am I to make such a statement Especially here.I will have to readby Erikson, and I will reflecton this book when I have processed this .Highly refreshing.I m always glad to find a scientific text which is not only not outdated, but also prescient and relevant


  3. Eli Bishop Eli Bishop says:

    If you re only familiar with the condensed version of Erikson described in undergraduate psychology and child development classes the stages of psychosocial development, with their neat pairings of opposed forces then actually reading his defining book may be a surprise In this mixed bag of personal case studies, theoretical wanderings, and psychological biography, he approaches Freudian theory as if it were a large stalled vehicle, takes it apart to reveal some unusual components, and then r If you re only familiar with the condensed version of Erikson described in undergraduate psychology and child development classes the stages of psychosocial development, with their neat pairings of opposed forces then actually reading his defining book may be a surprise In this mixed bag of personal case studies, theoretical wanderings, and psychological biography, he approaches Freudian theory as if it were a large stalled vehicle, takes it apart to reveal some unusual components, and then reassembles the parts into something that looks a lot like the original but sometimes goes sideways instead of forward I get the feeling that consistency was not his main interest, and I m glad, since watching such an inquisitive mind move in so many directions at once is better than any number of little charts


  4. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    We were assigned to read this book for the Human Growth and Development course taught by the Psychology Department at Union Theological Seminary in New York during the second semester of 1975 76 While I very much enjoyed Erikson s Young Man Luther and Gandhi s Truth, I found this rather boring.


  5. Catherine Woodman Catherine Woodman says:

    I love Erikson s 8 stages of man


  6. Kristen Kristen says:

    Erikson has a very intriguing way of writing about psychology and sociology It can be extremely dense, but some of his conclusions are so profound and eloquently said This book is separated into case studies that vary from the Sioux Tribe to Hitler s childhood His obsession with anal functioning and a dated view of sexuality was a bit annoying I found his discussion about how the somatic, ego, and society affect the human neurosis and psychology very interesting He loves the idea of play as Erikson has a very intriguing way of writing about psychology and sociology It can be extremely dense, but some of his conclusions are so profound and eloquently said This book is separated into case studies that vary from the Sioux Tribe to Hitler s childhood His obsession with anal functioning and a dated view of sexuality was a bit annoying I found his discussion about how the somatic, ego, and society affect the human neurosis and psychology very interesting He loves the idea of play as healing, feels the idea of bosses will degrade our American identity, and in general truly sees everyone I enjoyed this book and it created many fun conversations with my mate about identity, intimacy, and the generativity stage that we are in now The only healthy American way to write about America for Americans is to vent a gripe and to overstate it


  7. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    I read this book when I was getting my degree in Behavioral Science, and found it to be one of the books I referred to most often with regard to childhood development I still find it to be quite relevant.


  8. Alan Londy Alan Londy says:

    Erikson is not the most original psychoanalytic theorist but his stages of human development over the lifespan of an individual is fascinating I have found it quite useful in my work as a clergy person, chaplain and pastoral care giver.


  9. Erik Akre Erik Akre says:

    It took me an awfully long time to get through this book It was thick, dense, and difficult I give it a low rating ultimately because I found that Erikson s prose was difficult to understand and somewhat obscure, although I have no doubt he knew what he was talking about, and he knew it well.There is copious and detailed information about developmental stages, from a purely psychoanalytic standpoint The psychoanalist will no doubt find it fascinating, and a must read in the field For a layma It took me an awfully long time to get through this book It was thick, dense, and difficult I give it a low rating ultimately because I found that Erikson s prose was difficult to understand and somewhat obscure, although I have no doubt he knew what he was talking about, and he knew it well.There is copious and detailed information about developmental stages, from a purely psychoanalytic standpoint The psychoanalist will no doubt find it fascinating, and a must read in the field For a layman, someone interested in the human psyche and its stages, it is a bust, simply because it flies off over his head I took a great deal of notes from this book, as I wanted to apply his ideas to my work as a Montessori teacher of young children By the end of the book I was exhausted, and my notes capture a fraction of his overall ideas and philosophy.The book is unique I think, because it centers around cultural tendencies for psychic development A case in point is Erikson s lengthy description of the American psyche, circa 1940 or 1950, and the effect of motherhood on the men of that era as they grow into adulthood This was fascinating to me, although hopelessly outdated and masculine gender specific to a contemporary reader No doubt aexperienced reader could find links to the current American situation, but I did not.Recommended only for experienced and professional psychoanalists and their work As such, perhaps quite highly recommended


  10. Thu Thu says:

    This book will probably feellike an ethnography than an exploration of psychology to many people who read itbook today I find it definitely a good read despite being an old text I expected it to be like a very basic and outdated foundational psychology course, but I was surprised at how much of Erikson s insight is relevant to our times Of course, the field has learnedsince Erikson s time, but his writings are still surprisingly progressive I would suggest reading this book after This book will probably feellike an ethnography than an exploration of psychology to many people who read itbook today I find it definitely a good read despite being an old text I expected it to be like a very basic and outdated foundational psychology course, but I was surprised at how much of Erikson s insight is relevant to our times Of course, the field has learnedsince Erikson s time, but his writings are still surprisingly progressive I would suggest reading this book after already reading arecent psychological text That way it s easier to discern which of Erikson s writings are outdated and which can still be applicable today


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