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The Biography of Erik Erikson Erick Erickson was born in Frankfurt Germany on June 15 1902 His biological father was an unnamed Danish man who abandoned Eriks mother before he was born His mother Karla Abrahamsen was a young Jewish woman who raised him alone for the first three years of his life She then married Dr Theodor Homberger who was Eriks pediatrician and moved to Karlsruhe in southern Germany Boeree 1997 par 14 The development of identity seems to have been one of his greatest concerns in Ericksons own life as well as in his theory During his childhood and his early adulthood he was Erik Homberger and his parents kept the details of his birth a secret So here he was a tall blond blue-eyed boy who was also Jewish At temple school the kids teased him for being Nordic at grammar school they teased him for being Jewish Boeree 1997 par15 Erik studied art and a variety of languages during his school years rather than science courses such as biology and chemistry Sharkey 1902-1994 par2 He did not like the atmosphere of school so instead of college he traveled to Europe and kept a diary When Erickson wasnt taking art classes he walked around Europe and slept under bridges When he was 25 Erickson began to teach art to children from America that had come to Vienna for Freudian training While teaching at the school Erickson met Anna Freud the daughter of Sigmund Freud Besides teaching art he gathered a certificate in Montessori education and one from Vienna Psychoanalytic Society He was psychoanalyzed by Anna Freud herself Boeree 1997 par17 While there he also met Joan Serson a Canadian dance teacher at the school They went on to have three children one of whom became a sociologist himself Boeree 1997 par 18 Following Ericksons graduation from Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute in 1933 the Nazis had just come to power in Germany and
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