Analysis Of Erikson's Stages Of Psychosocial Development

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A wide range of topics were covered in this semester’s psychology class. The semester began with material that provided a foundational knowledge of psychology and expanded into a varied range of topics. Interestingly, a number of these topics (e.g. Porters use of economics) would appear to be quite far removed from psychology, but as a deeper understanding of psychology was acquired, it became clear just how all-encompassing this field is. In addition to the typical class material such as text and PowerPoints, the introduction of TED Talks provided a perfect complement to this material as it offered a human, real-world perspective and enhanced understanding of technical concepts, but what allowed me to really group the subject was the application …show more content…
Culture, in some way, can be included within each of the lifespans eight stages in the manner to which it plays a role in both the social conflict and successful resolution of the conflict. For example, middle adult lifespan stage requires investment in others as part of the social conflicts resolution. Culture will create behaviors that can positively help you when dealing with others well being. Diversity is important to the successful resolution of identity vs role confusion social conflict during adolescence as this is when one can become more accepting through a mature sense of who they are. Social interaction is critical during young adulthood because it is during this lifespan stage when a person develops and maintains mature relationships. Lifespan stages was a new concept to me. I’ve heard of the specific lifespan age related periods but was not aware of the social conflicts associated with each. It was particularly interesting how my lifespan events related to Erik Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development that I will hold onto as it can prove to be useful in identifying and preparing for social conflicts and the successful resolution of these as I continue through my …show more content…
Chapters 11 and 12 focused on motivators and emotions. According to Professor Hoekler, “motivators can be viewed as a force that moves us to behave, think, and feel” (Hoekler, 2016). Chapter 12 defined emotion as “a motivated state worked by psychological arousal, expressive behavior, and cognitive experience” (CITE PAGE. Pg. 414). Each chapter discussions the motivation and emotion theories, the psychological, evolutionary, and social factors, and show the relationship between motivation and emotion. One of the theories associated with motivation is Abraham Maslow’s Theory of Human Motivation. Maslow’s Theory found that “we were motivated to become self actualized or to be who we are meant to be” (Hoekler, 2016). As part of Maslow’s Theory, a Hierarchy of Needs Model was developed to provide a descriptive picture (through use of a pyramid) to show the steps towards becoming self actualized. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs begins with the fundamental things we need to exist such as food, water, and shelter. From these basic needs, the model continues until we become self

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