Analysis Of Erikson's Generativity Vs. Stagnation

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Generativity vs Stagnation (Middle Adulthood 40-65 years)

The seventh stage of Erikson’s Psychosocial Development covers middle adulthood age 40-65 years. In entering this stage individual’s main focus is career, family, church, relationship and community. There are two kind of life styles Generativity vs Stagnation. Generative people love to prevail and play leading, positive and productive role towards their family and community. Their main concerns are family, successful raising their children and work hard to make them successful individuals and at the same time also assume greater responsibility and make contribution to the neighborhood, community and environment. Life main goal at home is to develop strong relationship with spouse and
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In all the previous seven stage, people are confronted with acts and tasks they are supposed to fulfill and successfully resolving the crises and enjoying the outcome of their success or pay the price for their failures. “At the integrity versus despair stage, the key conflict centers on questioning whether or not the individual has led a meaningful, satisfying life.” (Cherry K 2016) This is the time of our life, when we are done with the struggle of seeking approval, achievements in life, and being productive but it is the time to critically examine our lives, our acts and the outcome of our legacy and evaluating and accessing our role in life. People who are successful individuals and have raised their family successfully, when they reflect back on their own life, they feel contended and are proud of themselves for leading a successful life and also raising their children successfully and have added, contributed and donated a lot to the community as well. They feel good about their legacy and have very few regrets about their past actions or inability. This is called “Integrity.” On the other hand those individuals who are dissatisfied with their past, despair, about their past actions and their outcome in life, they have very negative impression about their life and feel guilty for their failures, despair, and …show more content…
Primary changes include universal and irrevocable changes that are caused by genetic programing that happens as a natural course during old age. Secondary changes in physical and cognitive functioning that happens because of illness, health habits and other individual difference but which are not caused by the old age alone and are avoidable to a great extent. This deterioration is due to heredity and the environment, such as: illnesses and disabilities, arthritis, diabetes and mental disabilities.
External physical changes are caused to hair color and thickness, skin become fragile and wrinkled. There could be a decline up to 4 inches in height caused by cartilage in disc and backbone shrinking. Women looks older than men.
Internal changes: capacity of majority organ systems functions declines, brain becomes smaller and lighter with age due to different diseases, reduction in neurons, heart’s blood pumping power and circulatory system is reduced and likewise the respiratory and digestive system is also

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