A text becomes a classic because readers find it personally meaningful to them and … it remains a classic because readers discover over the course of their lives new ways in which it is meaningful to them.—Capps ( 2015a, p. 328) on Young Man Luther
Meeting Donald Capps
The Existential Dimension of Human Development
Three Reasons Undergirding Capps’s Attraction to Erikson’s Work
Introspection in the Service of Sanity
Both men endeavored to increase the margin of man’s inner freedom by introspective means applied to the very center of his conflicts; and this to the end of increased individuality, sanity, and service to men (Erikson 1958, p. 252).
A Hermeneutic Approach
I identified with Freud, then, not so much as the former laboratory worker who insisted on a terminology made for the observation of transformable quantities of drive enlivening inner structures, but as the discerner of verbal and visual configurations which revealed what consciousness wanted to enlarge upon, and what it attempted to disguise—and revealed (Erikson 1975, pp. 39ff.).
Actuality as the Focus of Psychological Analysis
I believe that we can undo this straitjacket [the Cartesian separation between inner and outer worlds] only by separating from our concept of reality one of its more obscure implications, namely actuality, the world verified in immediate immersion and interaction (Erikson 1964, p. 164).