Erikson's Stages In Development

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Undoubtedly, a child changes. From the time a child is born up to the time they reach adulthood, they are constantly taking actions or making decisions that mark a significant change or stage in development. Milestones vary by age and include different characteristics, development, and life activities. Sigmund Freud created the psychosexual stages. He believed that these stages were based off sexual motivation. There have been many psychoanalytic theorists over the years that have broken down the stages in a child 's life. Erik Erikson took what Freud discovered and expanded this theory. Erikson was different from Freud and he believed that humans develop in psychosocial stages rather than psychosexual. Erikson believed that parents have a …show more content…
Self confidence and control begin to develop at this stage. The most important event in this stage is toilet training. Children begin to feed and dress themselves. This is how the toddler tries to achieve autonomy. A parent 's level of protectiveness will influence the child 's ability to achieve autonomy. If a parent does not help boost the confidence of the child then he or she will feel shameful and doubtful. I was alone with my siblings all the time and considering that my siblings were children themselves, we were very independent. I taught myself to use the bathroom only because I did not like the feelings of diapers. Whenever my mother was around it felt tense and uncomfortable because nobody wanted to set off one of her mood swings. Erikson believed that if children are judged, overly protected or criticized then a lack of self-esteem, and a sense of shame or doubt will begin to develop. During this stage my older siblings once again took care of me, and they never overly criticized me nor were they overprotective. Today, I do not have a problem with self-confidence and I do not doubt my …show more content…
I am currently in this stage and will be for the next two years. This is where children transition from childhood to adulthood. Children are become more independent. Also during this stage the body image of the adolescent changes. It is important to find the person who they are meant to be. February 1st, 2013 I was thirteen years old and after years of physical and emotional abuse from my stepmom, I finally stood up for myself. We were physically fighting when she fell down the stairs. I was walking past her to go get help when she grabbed me and held me down until my father came home. My father never knew about the abuse because he was never home. He did not believe a word I said and they both called the police on me and pressed charges. We went to court and my public defender advised me it would be better if I would plead guilty to battery because the judge was not going to side with me. I reluctantly agreed, and was sent to a group home with drug addicts that did not relate to me at all. I fell into depression; I had no idea who I was. I never formed my identity because I had no idea what my role was. After three months of probation, my father thought it was best if I did not live with them, so I moved to Pana, Illinois on July 11th 2013. I now live with my aunt who has helped me heal, and guide me into the person I want to be. Although I am still confused about my future and what I want to be, I am a much more confident and

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