Freud and Erikson: Their Contributions to the Psychology of God-Image Formation

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Abstract

Sigmund Freud's construct of the father of personal prehistory (1961), provides the foundation for the argument that our earliest and most enduring representations of God emerge in infancy during a process Freud calls “primary identification, ” that is an identification with this first “father, ” whom Freud says is actually both parents and the flow of feeling between them. Erik Erikson's work on infants' earliest experiences provides support for this argument if it does not anticipate it.

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