Erik Erikson, The Human Life Cycle

Discussion Questions


Please prepare the following questions:


1.     What does it mean to say that humans go through a “life cycle?” 

2.     How might notions of the life cycle differ across cultures?  Examples?

3.     What does Erikson mean by a developmental crisis?

4.     Does his notion of an “identity crisis” speak to your own experience?

5.     Do you think that specific human virtues (or strengths) tend to be established at specific times in life?  What is your assessment of Erikson’s assumptions about the virtues that emerge in (1) infancy, (2) adolescence, and (3) old age?