Summary Of Erikson's Eight Stages Of Psychosocial Development

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Within Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development he believes that at each stage we all face some form of conflict that may or may not be successfully resolved during that particular stage. For example, he called the first stage 'Trust vs Mistrust'. If the quality of care is good in infancy, the child learns to trust the world to meet her needs. If not, trust remains an unresolved issue throughout succeeding stages of development (Cherry, 2016).
I agree with what Erikson said about if an issue of one stage overlaps with issues of another stage then how one deals with earlier issues determines how one will resolve later issues. Most important, there is a connection between present patterns of thinking and feeling, and earlier unresolved or resolved developmental issues. But Erikson also said that developmental blocks at any stage can be resolved at any point (Mcleod, 2013).
There are eight (8) stages of development to Erik Erikson’s stages namely:
 Trust vs Mistrust (birth to 18 months)
 Autonomy vs Shame - Will (18 months to 3 years)
 Initiative vs Guilt - Purpose (3 to 5 years)
 Industry vs Inferiority - Competence
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With me, I flew through this stage with flying colours as I am always playing school with my mother’s plants. I am the teacher and the plants are the students and I would role play what was taught to me at school and beat the plants when they did not answer. I got into a lot of trouble for destroying the plants but that did not stop me. My mom and other relatives then started giving me lots of dolls and teddy bear to play with just to leave the plants alone. From then I decided that I would be a teacher and to this day I still hold that career path. Successfully completing this stage as helped me to be the leader I am

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