"I am what survives me." Eric Ericsson

Updated: Feb 10, 2021

Heavy stuff from the German-American developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst.

Ericsson's expertise was on the stages of human development. He was the guy that coined the phrase 'identity crisis'.

He also coined the term 'generativity', which the quote above relates to.

Ericsson theorised that in the middle years of life (40 to 64) our focus shifts from what we can accumulate to what we can pass on to others including the next generation.

Generativity is about making your life matter, finding your life's work and contributing to the development of others.

No matter how young or old you are generativity is a great concept to contemplate as we enter this year.

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