Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 43, Issue 3, pp 141–161 | Cite as

The “Cogwheeling” of Don Browning: Examining his Eriksonian perspective

  • Peter Yuichi Clark
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Abstract

Pastoral theologian Don Browning's assessment of recently deceased psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson's developmental theories is traced chronologically through three of Browning's major works. Browning reaches the conclusion that Erikson espouses a normative vision of how “good persons” should live, which Browning critiques insofar as Erikson is unconscious of his intent. A series of critiques and observations about Browning's perspective is offered, including the suggestion that Browning's academic work may mirror the “cog-wheeling” theme so prevalent in Erikson.

Keywords

Cross Cultural Psychology Normative Vision Academic Work Developmental Theory Major Work 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Yuichi Clark
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  1. 1.Graduate Division of ReligionEmory University Graduate School of Arts and SciencesAtlanta

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