Analysis Of Erikson's Psychosocial Stages Of Life

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Erik Erikson has made a great impact in the field of Psychology. One of his greatest known theories was “The Eight Psychosocial Stages Of Life” that is based off of Freud 's Psycho-sexual Theory. Erikson 's theory is different from most psychologists, because it focuses on a persons entire life and not just a specific time or event that took place (Cherry, 2015). With this theory, he believed that in each stage of life people will experience an internal struggle that will later have significant effect on their personality. If a stage was skipped or didn 't happen as it was supposed to it could effect someone 's mental health and/or physical health later in life (, 2015). It 's crucial to complete one stage to go to the next one according to Erikson. The Eight stages in the Psychosocial Theory include: Trust vs Mistrust, Autonomy vs Shame/Doubt, Initiative vs Guilt, Industry vs Inferiority, Identity vs Confusion, Intimacy vs Isolation, Generativity vs Stagnation, and Integrity vs Despair. The first Psychosocial stage begins when you are first born and goes up to about eighteen months old. This stage is called “Trust vs. Mistrust”. Erikson believed this was …show more content…
This is the transition from childhood to adulthood; Usually this stage occurs between twelve and eighteen years old. The primary question in most adolescence at this point is “Who am I?” (Cherry, 2015). This is a time of confusion for most people. As they adapt to growing up, teens start to wonder where they fit in and try to find where they are most comfortable. In order to form a strong identity for themselves, Erikson believes it 's important for the youth to experiment with different roles, and behaviors. This is usually when “Teenage Rebellion” occurs (, 2015). It 's crucial that young adults do these things in order to find themselves. If they don’t they will be affected in the future, never feeling secure in who they

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