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Acklin, T. (1996). The Psychohistory Review. XXII, 1993/94. Taking Erikson's Identity Seriously: Psychoanalyzing the Psychohistorian. Howard I. Kushner. Pp. 7-34.. Psychoanal Q., 65:674.

(1996). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 65:674

The Psychohistory Review. XXII, 1993/94. Taking Erikson's Identity Seriously: Psychoanalyzing the Psychohistorian. Howard I. Kushner. Pp. 7-34.

Review by:
Thomas Acklin

Kushner reviews Erikson's contributions to psychohistory, considering how his own psychoautobiography perhaps influenced his psychohistorical studies, and noting that his own identity crisis remained elusive even to Erikson himself. Feeling that Erikson's understanding of identity was influenced by the American myth of cultural assimilation, the author also analyzes Erikson's rejection of his father's past and culture as reflecting an identity crisis of his own. Kushner concludes that the plastic nature of identity in Erikson's thought (not unlike the identity of young man Luther) perhaps represents his own lifelong search for and construction of his own identity.

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