Erik Erickson Personal Conflict Theory

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Identity is an individual’s self definition that focuses on enduring characteristics of the self (Brogan, 2009). Erik Erickson believed that life was summed up in eight life stages which each consisted of a psychosocial conflict. His theories marked an important shift in thinking on personality; instead of focusing simply on early childhood event, his psychosocial theory looked at how social influences contribute to personality throughout the entire lifespan (Cherry). According to the theory, the outcome of the conflict is based on the relationship with those around them. Now the successful resolution or positive outcome of each conflict can result in a healthy personality and sense of self, ready to move to the next stage. Failure to complete …show more content…
In this stage the child will initiate activities and encouragement from caregivers to explore and use their imagination is important. They continue to be independent and not rely on the caregivers to complete every task. They start to plan what they want to do and are able to execute it. During this state the conflict they experience is Initiative vs. Guilt. The resolution of this conflict will result in a child’s ability to initiate activities and encouragement of freedom by their caregivers. The lack of resolution will result in the child’s freedom being restricted by the caregiver. This can hold the child back from exploring and social learning which can lead to feelings of guilt and fear of punishment of initiating anything and they are more dependent on the caregiver or others. At this stage I was very social and had no problem meeting new kids while at pre-school or at the park. I was always making up new games and had a great …show more content…
During this stage the adult will focus on raising children that can grow up to be positive contributors to society and the world. By caring for others and giving to others they can feel that they are leaving a good legacy behind them. The conflict in this stage is said to be Generativity vs. Stagnation. The resolution of this conflict will result in the adult being able to raise children and care for others and be productive members at work and in society. They express unselfishness and concern for others and the welfare of the next generation. The lack of resolution leads to feelings of inadequacy and self absorption and unable to put others first. This can lead to the adult feeling that their life has no meaning and that they have accomplished

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