Fayetteville Technical Community College
This paper will be a study based on Meredith Jackson. I will give a biography on Meredith giving information about her life. I will then be comparing certain developmental theories with Meredith Jackson, whom I have interviewed. I will be using the three theorists, which are Freud, Erikson, and Watson. Based on their theories, I will give information on the individual actually proving the three theories or not.
A Case Study of Meredith Jackson
I have interviewed Meredith Jackson, and this paper will be comparing three theories with her life. Her interview will show if she proved or disproved the three theories …show more content…
He believes that the individual focuses on pleasure areas of the body starting at birth, which are the erogenous zones. There are five stages that come with this theory which are oral, anal, phallic, latency, and genital. The oral stage explains the focus pleasure seeking activity is through the individual’s mouth. This stage starts at birth and ends at 18 months. The oral stage suggests that mouthing and sucking objects are the pleasure activities. However, there are fixations to this stage, which are chewing, smoking, or enjoyment of food. Meredith did prove this stage by sucking on a pacifier as an infant. The anal stage starts at 18 months and ends at 36 months. It suggests that the pleasure is the anus, which will lead to trouble or conflict. Fixations in this stage can be neatness, stinginess, or trying to deal with control. Meredith explained to me that she had very bad behavior at the age of two, and she tried to be in control. Meredith went through the fixation during this stage of life. The phallic stage is the third stage from three to six years of age that deals with the genital organs being the pleasure behavior. Meredith Jackson says, “I never explored my own body or even thought about it at this age. I also never had feelings for my dad that was of romantic like.” Meredith did not go through this …show more content…
After explaining the stages to Meredith, she completely proved this theory and agrees with it as well. The first stage, “trust vs. mistrust” is where the infant depends on their caregiver due to questioning the world. Meredith proved this stage as an infant by trusting and depending on her mother. The second stage, “autonomy vs. shame” is where the child gains independence. Meredith says, “Once I started walking on my own, my mother said that I did not want any help from her and tried to do everything by myself, so I would say that I showed autonomy at this age.” Meredith proved the third stage, “initiative vs. guilt”, by taking initiative at the age of two. She explained that she was very social and made many friends and was the outgoing child in her family. She also proved the fourth stage “industry vs. inferiority” around age six where she started actual school subjects and was successful in all of them; this proved that she was confident in herself and felt industrious. When Meredith starting transitioning from her childhood to adulthood, she proved “identity vs. confusion” by finding herself and figuring out what exactly she wants in her near future. Meredith has just begun young adulthood and has not yet proved the last three stages. She plans on sharing herself with a husband later on, showing intimacy for “intimacy vs. isolation.” Meredith plans on proving “generativity vs. stagnation” by