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Erik H. Erikson: A Life's Work.

This thorough introduction to Erikson's life work is of award-winning quality. Rare photos and film footage include shots of Sigmund and Anna Freud, Erikson's mother and stepfather, his wife Joan Serson Erikson, their children, and Erikson at various points in his life. Other shots show the Viennese Burlingham Rosenfeld School where Erikson taught as a young man and the Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, North Dakota, which Erikson studied in the 1930s.

Erikson's own drawings from his childhood and youth are woven effectively throughout the narration, along with archival footage of WWI and WWII, events that significantly affected his life and work. The narrator, Margaret Brenman-Gibson, a psychology professor in the Harvard Medical School, draws upon her experiences as Erikson's student and, later, his colleague at the Austen Riggs Clinic in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

As the video begins, Erikson discusses the role of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in a society. He notes that, rather than using psychoanalysis in attempts to cure "the ills and evils of a society," he prefers to discover ...

how man develops and to learn to make some contribution ... to a future world in which the ethics of the way the generations are related to each other will take care of individuals in such a way that psychiatry is not so necessary.

The significance of social context on behavior, the need for psychology to be concerned with ethical perspectives, and the naturalness and necessity of conflict in life are some of Erikson's themes emphasized by the video. Erikson's biopsychosocial model of the Eight Life Stages is beautifully illustrated with individuals showing healthy resolutions to the major conflict of each stage. Viewers will appreciate the artistic quality of the production, the psychohistorical aspects in the accounting of Erikson's life story and the video's thoroughness and insightfulness.
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Author:Stanford, Beverly Hardcastle
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Video Recording Review
Date:Sep 22, 1993
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