Erik Erikson 's Theory Of Psychosocial Stages Essay

717 Words Oct 29th, 2014 3 Pages
Erik Erikson was a famous Psychologist who had a theory about psychosocial stages all humans go through. (book) The first stage spans from birth to the 1 year mark. The stage is trust vs mistrust which should determine whether or not you have faith in people or expect the worst from people. The next stage is autonomy vs shame and doubt (ages 1-3) decides whether or not you will be independent or doubtful of your abilities. Stage 3 is initiative vs guilt (ages 3 to 6) the child will either become anxious or responsible. Stage 4 is industry vs inferiority (ages 6 to puberty) the child either feels accomplished or inferior. Stage 5, which is the stage I will be focusing on, is ego identity vs role confusion which spans from puberty into the twenties. In this stage they either find their own sense of identity or become isolated. Stage 6 is intimacy vs isolation which is from 20s-40s where the person will either create deep and meaningful relationships or become isolated. Stage 7 is generatively vs stagnation ( 40s-mid 60s) where the person will either become useful to the next generation or become bored and lonely. Stage 8 is integrity vs despair (late adulthood +) the person will either be satisfied or regretful. For the purpose of this paper I will focus on stage 5 identity vs role confusion as well as my experiences with this stage and whether this theory proved accurate in my case. Stage Five is the conflict between ego identity and role confusion it focuses on puberty to…

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