Erik Erikson, Human Strength and the Cycle of Generations
Discussion Questions, pp. 111-119
Please prepare the following questions:
does Erikson mean by human “virtues”?
does Erikson compare early human development with that of other animals. Why is the
does he mean by the following: “In human
life in particular, the vulnerability of being newly born and the meekness of
innocent needfulness have a power all their own”? To what “power” does he refer?
writes: “If we ascribe to the healthy infant the rudiments of Hope, it would indeed by hard to specify
the criteria for this state, and harder to measure it: yet he
who has seen a hopeless child, knows what is not there.” Do you
then, does he mean by “hope”?
assume that religious sentiment is, at a fundamental level, childlike. Do you agree?
what, says Erikson, does the emergence of hope depend?
does he mean when he says, “To the human infant, his mother is nature”?