Erik Erikson

1902 - 1994

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Erik Homburger Erikson (born Erik Salomonsen; 15 June 1902 – 12 May 1994) was a Danish-German-American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst known for his theory on psychological development of human beings. He coined the phrase identity crisis. Despite lacking a bachelor's degree, Erikson served as a professor at prominent institutions, including Harvard, University of California, Berkeley, and Yale. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Erik Erikson has received more than 2,331,265 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Erik Erikson is the 10th most popular psychologist (up from 12th in 2019), the 90th most popular biography from Germany (up from 115th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Psychologist.

Erik Erikson is most famous for his theory of psychosocial development. He believed that development occurs in eight stages and that each stage is a conflict that must be resolved in order to progress to the next stage.

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Among psychologists, Erik Erikson ranks 10 out of 182Before him are Abraham Maslow, Alfred Adler, Erich Fromm, John Dewey, Jacques Lacan, and Lev Vygotsky. After him are Wilhelm Wundt, William James, Carl Rogers, Viktor Frankl, Gustave Le Bon, and Anna Freud.

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Among people born in 1902, Erik Erikson ranks 4Before him are Charles Lindbergh, Karl Popper, and Ruhollah Khomeini. After him are John Steinbeck, Carl Rogers, Leni Riefenstahl, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Ray Kroc, Paul Dirac, Talcott Parsons, and Halldór Laxness. Among people deceased in 1994, Erik Erikson ranks 6Before him are Kim Il-sung, Karl Popper, Richard Nixon, Charles Bukowski, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. After him are Eugène Ionesco, Erich Honecker, Elias Canetti, Linus Pauling, Ayrton Senna, and Andrei Chikatilo.

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Among people born in Germany, Erik Erikson ranks 90 out of 5,289Before him are Albert Speer (1905), Carl Maria von Weber (1786), Walter Gropius (1883), Albertus Magnus (1206), Nicholas of Cusa (1401), and Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893). After him are Henry IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1050), Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor (1368), Gottlieb Daimler (1834), Claus von Stauffenberg (1907), Ernst Haeckel (1834), and Nikolaus Otto (1832).


Among psychologists born in Germany, Erik Erikson ranks 2Before him are Erich Fromm (1900). After him are Wilhelm Wundt (1832), Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850), Hans Eysenck (1916), Karen Horney (1885), Fritz Perls (1893), Ernst Kretschmer (1888), Ernst Heinrich Weber (1795), William Stern (1871), Karl Abraham (1877), and Kurt Koffka (1886).