Erik Erikson 's Theory Of Psychosocial Development Essay

1059 Words Oct 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
My identity was formed through the experiences I went through growing up. According to Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development people go through many experiences that can attribute to their personal identity. Growing up there have been many emotional and psychological experiences that have shaped who I am. The first stage in Erikson’s psychosocial theory is trust versus mistrust. This stage takes place around the age of infancy to 1.5 years old. According to Saul McLeod from SimplyPsychology.com, this is the stage that infants are uncertain about the world and either trust or mistrust is formed. If mistrust is formed during infancy a child might grow up to have anxiety, insecurities, and mistrust for people (“Erik Erikson”, 2008). I cannot remember the days of infancy. Yet, I can conclude that I developed trust. I have a lot of trust in people and always give people the benefit of the doubt. Having trust as part of my identity really has shaped who I am today. The second stage is autonomy versus shame. During this stage, children between the ages of 18 months and three, children become more independent. Children discover how to put on clothes and to play with toys. This is the time of exploration for children where they can learn success and failure in their actions (“Erik Erikson”, 2008). There is one instance in my life that I can relate to this stage. I had a favorite outfit to wear when I was little. It consisted of two angels attached to a red polka dot…

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