Journal Article

Untapped Richness in Erik H. Erikson’s Rootstock

Helen Q. Kivnick and Courtney K. Wells

in The Gerontologist

Published on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America

Volume 54, issue 1, pages 40-50
Published in print February 2014 | ISSN: 0016-9013
Published online October 2013 | e-ISSN: 1758-5341 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnt123
Untapped Richness in Erik H. Erikson’s Rootstock

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Erik H. Erikson published his groundbreaking theory of 8 stages of lifelong psychosocial development in 1950. His theory expanded psychoanalytic concepts of psychosexual development to include the importance of social dynamics; it transcended then-current thinking that psychological development culminated in early adulthood, acknowledging that systematic human development continues throughout the entire life cycle. The theory made Erikson a pioneer in developmental psychology. His last authored book, Vital Involvement in Old Age, rearticulated and elaborated 3 principles that, in different words, are rooted in his original theory of healthy life cycle development: (1) Dynamic Balance of Opposites; (2) Vital Involvement; and (3) Life in Time. Using a lens informed by knowledge gained over the past 30 years and by reflections of one of the original researchers on that project, the current manuscript seeks to spark new interest in Erikson’s late-life contribution. It explains the principles in new detail, links them to relevant research, and suggests ways they could enable Erikson’s ideas to further enrich gerontological practice and research.

Keywords: Life cycle; Psychosocial development; Vital involvement; Erikson

Journal Article.  6622 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing ; Psychology ; Geriatric Medicine ; Biological Sciences

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