Essay on Erik Erikson 's Theory Of Psychosocial Development

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Erik Erikson 's Theory of Psychosocial Development Erik Erikson 's Theory of Psychosocial Development is the theory that as we go throughout our lives we experience eight essential stages in our lives. Each corresponding stage has a correlating virtue or vice alongside an existential question that the person may subconsciously wonder as they move on throughout their psychosocial development.
Erik Erikson was an ego psychologist greatly influenced by the Id psychologist, Sigmund Freud. However, instead of psychosexual stages, Erikson theorized that they were psychosocial instead. These psychosocial stages were more influenced by internal struggles that conflict with society rather than struggles that conflict with their sexual identity. The successful completion of each of these eight stages would result in either a virtue or a vice that revolves around how the child perceives the world and those around them.
The first of these stages is the issue of Trust Vs. Mistrust, which revolved around the concept that the infant was uncertain about the world they lived in, and relied on a parent or guardian to teach them to trust the world. This stage in the life cycle lasted between birth up to around the age of two. Often this was a very important part of the child life that was almost entirely dependant on the mother giving the appropriate amount of attention to her infant. If she neglected her child on the other hand, the child may grow up with a sense of distrust towards the…

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