Erik Homburger Erikson 's Theory On The Stages Of Life

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Erik Homburger Erikson was a German-born, American sociologist, who became worldwide famous for his theory on the stages that compose life. Born on June 15th, 1902 to a Jewish family in Denmark, his biological father divorced his mother, Karla Abrahamsen, little after his birth. Although his last name was that of his biological fathers (Salomonsen), this changed when they moved to Germany, and his mother married Erik’s pediatrician. Theodore Homburger would go on to become his stepdad, since he would adopt Erik as his son. These events are believed to have played a vital role in Erik’s thought process and also, why he chose to pursue Psychoanalysis, instead of medicine, which is what his father wanted. After years of wandering in Germany and Italy, his childhood friend Peter Blos invited him to a art school in Vienna, where he would end up meeting Anna Freud. She then encouraged him to study psychoanalysis, based on the fact that he was very sensitive to children. He took up on the offer, and specialized in child analysis, while also learning the Montessori Method of education, and finally graduated in 1933. Unfortunately for him, the Nazi regime and the Second World War forced him and his newly wed bride to move to the United States, where he would become a known professor in many universities, such as Harvard and Yale, until his retirement in 1970. Having worked in University of California, he published his well-known piece Childhood and Society, which explores the social…
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