Erik Erikson 's Development Of Personality Essay

837 Words Dec 1st, 2016 4 Pages
Gender is often viewed as the demographic that provides answers to why there are differences between men and women. However, what happens when one looks past gender and seeks the effects of intersectionality? For example, what does the effects of aging within a gender cause? Gender and aging intersect in many ways, such as, gender and personality, gender and the aging mind, gender and the aging body, and gender and changes in social roles. “Erikson’s theory covers the period from birth to death, emphasizes the interplay between independent development and social demands, and includes four major periods during adulthood” (Stewart & Newton, 2010, p. 560). Erik Erikson was very influential in the study of psychoanalysis and was one of the first to develop a theory that chronicled the development of personality throughout the lifespan in stages. These eight stages represent struggles that must be overcome in order to develop into the next stage. The four adult stages Erikson included are identity, intimacy, generativity, and ego integrity. His theory “emphasizes the results of both development and changing social expectations as individuals age” (Stewart & Newton, 2010, p. 561). Erikson’s developmental theory is seen frequently throughout television and movies. For example, in the movie, Mean Girls, Cady Heron is finally leaving homeschool for a normal teen experience at a public high school. During her arrival, she is confronted with the identity vs. role confusion stage of…

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