Erikson 's Psychosocial Theory Of The Human Indicates Successful Completion Of A Hierarchy Of Developmental Situations

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Erik Erikson develops a lifespan model with emphasis on the role of society at during Ego development. His psychosocial theory of the human indicates successful completion of a hierarchy of developmental situations. Erikson develops eight stages ranging from learning to put trust in others, establishing a balance between initiative and guilt, gathering a sense of efficacy in significant interpersonal relationships, and developing wisdom. This paper will look at the properties of the first stage of Trust versus Mistrust as vulnerabilities for Depression in young children.
The first stage of Erikson’s psychosocial model of development is specific to the age range of infancy to eighteen months. During this time period, a child presents as immature, vulnerable, and highly dependent. A child learns through being responded to and cared for that the world he/she lives in is safe. The salient interactions where the response from the caregiver is most important are feeding time and general crying episodes. An example of an interaction in a feeding experience is a child crying for food and the mother readily accessible to deliver a bottle. Crying episodes can appear as a child weeping throughout the night seeking physical contact and the mother once again physically available to offer. Through these examples, the child receives attention for their primary needs in a therapeutic way, with emphasis on physical availability and emotional connection. Successfully completing this stage…

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