Joan Mowat Erikson (1902 - August 3, 1997) was a psychologist.
She was born Sarah Lucretia Serson in Gananoque, Ontario, and died in Brewster, Massachusetts. Her father was an Episcopalian minister. She studied at Barnard College. Joan married psychologist and sociologist Erik Erikson, with whom she had three children: Kai, Jon and Sue. She wrote several books, including The Universal Bead, Activity, Recovery, and Growth, and Wisdom and the Senses.
Her contribution to Erikson's theory of personality could have been neglected, but was nevertheless important: Erik admitted being unable to distinguish between his own contribution and his wife's.
Sociologist Kai T. Erikson is her son.
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