Essay about Erikson 's Psychosocial Theory Of Development

1182 Words Nov 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Part I: According to Erikson’s psychosocial theory of development, as a 20-year-old male, I am considered to be an emerging adult who is currently experiencing the conflict between intimacy and isolation. I have recently progressed from the stage of identity vs. identity confusion of adolescence (ages 10–18). However, I would argue the age for the identity vs. identity confusion stage can extend into an individual’s early twenties. If adolescence is defined as an emerging adult who remains financially dependent on one’s parents, then most college students (ages 19-22) meet this criteria. Furthermore, the college atmosphere provides a nearly perfect opportunity for individuals to explore and seek out new endeavors which ultimately help to develop one’s identity. Thus, the focus of my psychosocial development includes both stages 5 and 6 in Erickson’s psychosocial theory of development.
The successful resolution of one of Erikson’s crisis stages requires the individual to obtain a sense of the positive attribute, while retaining a smaller sense of the negative attribute. Thus, resolution requires an individual to appropriately balance the two attributes of a stage. For example, a resolution of Erikson’s stage 5 (identity vs. identity confusion) is achieved after an individual successfully explored and committed oneself to various roles to develop a unique sense of self, but maintains a small amount of identity confusion. This enables the individual to establish an identity,…

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