The twentieth century has been described as the time of man’s discovery of himself; few have contributed more to this cause than Erik Erikson. The Clinical Erik Erikson: A psychoanalytic method of engagement and activation highlights Erikson’s transforming contributions to the field of psychoanalysis and honors his legacy by providing unpublished clinical case illustrations of his psychotherapeutic work.

The publication of case material—simple memorable fragments and clinical vignettes— brings the reader into Erikson’s consultation room, providing a portrait of his clinical technique and demonstrating how he actually worked.

Stephen Schlein, an authority on Erikson, presents an illuminating account of Erikson’s pioneering work through an exhaustive search of his early monographs on child psychoanalysis, clinical writings, psychotherapeutic case studies, and participation at case conferences at The Austen Riggs Center.

Erikson’s writings reveal a psychoanalytic method of extraordinary richness that emphasizes essential ingredients of an interpersonal-relational clinical method and articulates interactional dimensions that have restorative potential. His vision focuses on the interpersonal relationship, its powerful affects, and a belief that human beings have a potent capacity for real change. This book will be essential reading for psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

chapter |12 pages

Introductory Remarks

chapter |9 pages

Configurations of Children's Play

“Toys and Reasons”

chapter |28 pages

Exploration in the Interpretation of Children's Play and Child Psychoanalysis

“Psychoanalysis without Words” and “Play and Cure”

chapter |14 pages

Erikson and the Clinical Case Conferences at the Austen Riggs Center

Visual observations and reflections about treatment

chapter |14 pages

Adult Psychoanalysis, Part I

An introduction to Erikson's psychotherapeutic work utilizing clinical case material

chapter |47 pages

Adult Psychoanalysis, Part II

An in-depth perspective of Erikson's clinical method: the story of James

chapter |17 pages

Adult psychoanalysis, Part III

An investigation into Erikson's psychoanalytic treatment method and technique

chapter |5 pages

Erikson's Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Adolescents

An existential/developmental perspective