Joan Erikson on Old Age (04:06)
Joan Erikson, now in her 90s, is experiencing the last of the eight stages of the life cycle differently than she and her famous husband Erik Erikson once theorized.
The Eight Stages of the Life Cycle (02:26)
In 1950 Erik Erikson and his wife Joan wrote a description of healthy personality development. They developed the stage theory of the life cycle.
Finding Wisdom (03:10)
During their long careers Joan and Erik Erikson wrote on the life cycle and its implications for human development. Joan Erikson revisits the old age part of the life cycle and the emerging conflict of integrity versus despair.
Joan M. Erikson offers a frank and personal reexamination of the eighth stage of the life cycle.
Practical Issues of Old Age (02:22)
Joan M. Erikson discusses aspects of letting go in the eighth stage of the life cycle.
Joan M. Erikson offers a frank and personal viewpoint on retirement.
The Red Tail Deer (02:31)
Joan M. Erikson shares a story that illustrates the idea of old age in eighth stage theory of the life cycle.
Coping in Old Age (02:03)
Joan M. Erikson offers insight on enjoying life in the eighth stage of the life cycle.
Support Groups and Models (02:42)
Joan M. Erikson offers suggestions for finding support groups and models from whom you one can find inspiration in the eighth stage of the life cycle.
With grace, humor, and some feistiness, Mrs. Erikson takes on a range of topics, including forgetfulness and coping with physical limitations, as she brings light to the way people view individuals who are aging and have dementia.
Facing Death (02:14)
Joan Erikson examines the eighth stage of the life cycle in which individuals begin to face death. She offers ideas for managing this conflict.
Woven Life Cycle (02:45)
Joan Erikson uses the metaphor of a woven cloth to help viewers think about one's strengths as one travels through the life cycle.
Joan Erikson says resilience is the most important quality during the change to the eighth stage of the life cycle. She suggests learning something new.
Summary: On Old Age I: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 90 (01:32)
Joan Erikson reflects on the eighth stage of the life cycle: “Wisdom and integrity are something that other people may see in an old person, but it’s not what that old person is feeling.”
Credits: On Old Age I: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 90 (00:28)
Credits: On Old Age I: A Conversation with Joan Erikson at 90
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