Daily Mantra: "Hope is both the earliest and the most indispensable virtue inherent in the state of being alive. If life is to be sustained hope must remain, even where confidence is wounded, trust impaired."
Erikson is probably my favorite psychologist of them all. He discussed the human ego in set of 8 life stage virtues: hope, will, purpose, competence, fidelity, love, caring, and wisdom. He also believed that integrity and despair must be understood and embraced in order to achieve that realm of wisdom. For some reason, I kind of always thought of him as a Buddhist like psychologist, rather than a Neo-Freudian psychologist.