Erickson's Psychosocial Development Analysis

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There are eight stages in Erickson 's psychosocial development. The stages, which reach across the lifespan, each come with their own set of limitations and goals. One of the final stages, in late adulthood, ego-integrity-versus-despair occurs. This stage is characterized by looking over ones own life and evaluating and coming to terms with the outcome. Throughout the aging and adulthood of my virtual life I have made a multitude of choices that would correlate with integrity. During the period know as emerging adulthood I made the choice to apply to colleges in order to continue my education as well as make the most of the time I had left before leaving home. By making these choices I took advantage of my youth. In young adulthood I worked …show more content…
Many who do not come to terms with their past are affected by depression as they age. Looking back one of the events that would cause the most despair is a failed marriage. In middle adulthood my husband and I decided to separate after multiple attempts at reconciliation. In a study conducted by Bruce and Kim (1992) it was found that divorce was associated with higher rates of depression. In middle adulthood I experienced discontent in the workplace, which is not uncommon as people age. As people age they begin to feel this way due to ideas that their “jobs offer little challenge” and that jobs have changed due to technological advances (Feldman, 2014). This discontent could lead to ego despair as it transforms into not just unhappiness but an all around pessimistic attitude. A large tragedy occurs in middle adulthood which upon retrospection would be a large cause of ego despair. After caring for my ill father for years, and my brother living with us as well, my father suddenly and unexpectedly passes. As apart of the sandwich generation, those who are fulfilling the needs of both their children and parents (Feldman, 2014), it is likely that I suffered from stretched out and depleted resources. As the primary caretaker of my father we have developed a close relationship and his death impacted me greatly. …show more content…
A bought of ego despairity can set the tone for the rest of a late adults life and vice-versa with ego integrity. Looking back at my life I would say that for the most part I have accepted and come to terms with things and have achieved ego integrity. It is impossible to feel ego integrity for all events in ones life to do tragic unpredictabilities however, it is possible to accept these rough patches and move on. Ego integrity and ego despair are solely based upon the standards you set for yourself and how you believe your life lived up to these

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