Joan Erikson

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Joan Mowat Erikson (1902 - August 3, 1997) was a psychologist.

She was born Sarah Lucretia Serson[1][2] in Gananoque,[3] Ontario, and died in Brewster, Massachusetts. Her father was an Episcopalian minister.[4] She studied at Barnard College. Joan married psychologist and sociologist Erik Erikson, with whom she had three children: Kai, Jon and Sue. She wrote several books, including The Universal Bead, Activity, Recovery, and Growth, and Wisdom and the Senses.[5]

Her contribution to Erikson's theory of personality could have been neglected, but was nevertheless important: Erik admitted being unable to distinguish between his own contribution and his wife's.[6]

Sociologist Kai T. Erikson is her son.

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  1. ^ Fine, Paul (March 2011). "Some Thoughts About Wisdom Keepers". American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Benveniste, Daniel (2000). "Erik H. Erikson: An Outsider At the Center of Things" (PDF). International Psychoanalysis. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ Thomas, Robert McG., Jr. (August 8, 1997). "Joan Erikson Is Dead at 95; Shaped Thought on Life Cycles". The New York Times. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Paranjpe, Anand C. (November 2000). "Review of Identity's architect: A biography of Erik H. Erikson". PsycNET. American Psychological Association. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Joan Erikson, Life Cycles Theorist, Dies". Harvard Gazette. September 11, 1997. Retrieved February 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ L'intelligence collective à petite échelle (French)