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June 15, 1997

       Saint Of The Day:

            Erik Ericson

Is an educator and psychoanalyst, a native German who was born on this date at Frankfurt-am-Main in 1902. He learned psychoanlysis under Anna Freud in Vienna, and then, with seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933, he fled Germany for Denmark, then came to the U.S. for teaching appointments at the medical schools of Harvard and Yale and the University of California. He did early important research in the treatment of psychological disturbed children and adolescents. In works like "Childhood and Society" (1950), "Insight and Responsibility" (1964) and "Identity: Youth and Crisis" (1968), Ericson elaborated a theory of development through eight stages of life, from infancy to old age, each marked by a crisis that has to be surmounted if the person is to go on with a life free of neurosis. In "Young Man Luther" (1958), and "Gandhi's Truth" (1969), Ericson chronicled the influence of culture and society on the development of the human psyche. Of all the talented thinkers who have worked in the psychoanalytic tradition, Ericson has been the most creative, except for Freud himself. After World War II, Ericson became a unique figure, analyst-as-priest, the embodiment of psychiatric wisdom, who could speak to his colleagues and to undergraduates as well. He synthesized psychoanalysis, public concern, conservative ethics, personality theory holism, even existentialism with keen observation, common sense, and a positive emphasis on the goodness of humankind. With his insight into the modern life was forcing people to live, he helped the generation under him cope with the de-personalizing forces of a society that was growing increasingly complex.

MODEL: Ericson didn't impose theory on reality. Rather, he was a close observer of people. He let people tell their own stories. And out of their stories, he fashioned wisdom. Don't be imposing on people. Listen to them. You might learn something.

Your Birthday Today:

June 15
Day of Seduction

Attractive, Seductive, Witty

Manipulative, Extroverted, Self-oblivious

True charmer. If you were born on June 15, you use your charm to get what you want. There's nothing real subtle about it; you just want to be appreciated. You are very persuasive and bring out the best in people. Ruled by the number 6 and the planet Venus, you are clever as well as sensuous.

Others' approval. You want to be wanted in any way you can: with your looks, your smarts, your eloquence, whatever it takes. Using your manipulative skills, you enjoy making the opposite sex feel as though they can't live without you. You are very up-front about what you are doing and most of your victims enjoy the game.

Using your talents. You pride yourself in knowing human nature and can use this knowledge in business as well as pleasure. Any organization that needs to attract people could use your talents. Public relations, marketing, fundrai sing, sales: it all comes naturally to you. You instinctively know when to push and when to back off.

Good or evil? Basically a good person, you are not out for money or fame or power. You simply enjoy the game of seducing itself. Perhaps this is why others don't seem to mind your manipulations, even when it's blatant.

A note of advice: Don't always gauge your success on the approval of others. Be your own judge of right and wrong, good and bad. Get to know yourself better, your strengths and weaknesses. A little time alone would help.

Also born on this day: Malvina Hoffman (sculptor) Carol Fox (opera producer) Mario Cuomo (NY governor) Errol Garner (jazz pianist, composer) Herbert Simon (social scientist, economist) Harry Langdon (silent film actor) Robert Russell Bennett (composer, arranger) Jim Belushi (actor) Erik Erikson (psychologist, Childhood and Society) Amy Clampitt (poet, Westward) Waylon Jennings (country-western singer, songwriter) Wade Boggs (baseball third baseman)