Erik Erickson 's Theory Of Stages Of Psychosocial Development

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Erik Erickson was a renowned psychologist for his famous theory of stages of psychosocial development. Erickson never received a formal degree in medicine or psychology. Instead, he focused his education on subjects such as history and art. He was later offered a position at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute where he received two certifications. He moved to the U.S. in 1933 and received teaching positions at a variety of universities including: Harvard, Yale, and University of California Berkeley despite having no formal degree (Cherry). Erickson was known a Neo – Freudian psychologists which mean he accepted the central ideas of Freud, but added his own ideas and beliefs. His eight stage psychosocial theory on personality development includes three stages of adulthood. While these stages including: Young Adult, Middle-Aged Adult, and Late Adult hold many generalized truths, there is still missing parts to his theory. The first adulthood stage in Erickson’s theory is the Young Adult stage, or also known as Intimacy vs. Isolation. According to Erickson, in this stage we begin to share ourselves more intimately to others as adults pursue a lifetime relationship with somebody. Success in this stage can lead individuals with a strong sense of safety and commitment with other people rather than just this feeling within their own families. Failure can lead to negative consequences such as depression or loneliness (learning theories). For the most part, this theory describes…

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