A Way of Looking at Things: Selected Papers, 1930-80 by Erik H. Erikson

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By Erik H. Erikson

Erik H. Erikson's approach of issues has contributed considerably to the knowledge of human improvement and the character of man.This choice of his writings displays the evolution of his rules over the process 50 years, starting along with his earliest reports in psychoanalysis in Vienna. The papers disguise a large spectrum of subject matters, from children's play and baby psychoanalysis to the goals of adults, cross-cultural observations, younger maturity and the lifestyles cycle. The textual content additionally comprises recollections approximately colleagues equivalent to Anna Freud and Ruth Benedict who performed very important roles in Erikson's lifestyles and paintings.

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The potential grounds of agreement between parties to a conflict must also be explored. Gandhi recognized that what appears to be truth may vary from one to another. The concept of relative truth, I think, admits of the possible existence of opposing or conflicting views, each of which is in accordance with certain known facts of the situation (perhaps even the same facts as the opposing view) and each of which has been rationally developed from those facts. At the root of conflict there is, of course, the possibility on either side of misperception, delusion, misjudgment, or irrationality.

H e strives to put meaning into his world, which necessarily means that he organizes it, that he seeks to interrelate aspects of it. In so doing, he simplifies his worid, as he must, in order to structure and understand his world. Paradoxically, as he subjectively structures his world for himself—puts meaning into it and strives to understand it—he departs further from the indifferent diversity of perceptual reality. Moreover, great philosophers and scientists throughout history have been guided by the belief that there is an underlying simplic­ ity or unity beneath the diversity of perceptual reality.

This can be demonstrated with the Necker cube (Fig. 2-2). If we keep our eyes steadily fixated on the cube, we experience it reversing back and forth from one perspective to another. Since the stimulation at the retina is remaining invariant, some­ thing beyond the sensory stimulation itself must be responsible for the alternation of percepts. The same can be demonstrated with the stimulus pattern in Fig. 2-3. It is possible for this pattern to give rise to a percept of the right profile of a face for the reader.

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