Erikson's Theory: The Psychosocial Theory Of Development

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Register to read the introduction… Currently, I am in a relationship with a guy from my young adults group at church named Daniel. We have dating for a year and a couple months. If our relationship continues to grow, I can definitely see myself marrying him once I have finished college and have a full time job.
Erikson’s seventh stage of psychosocial development is middle adulthood (35 to 65 years). When entering into this stage, adults establish their careers, settle down within a relationship, and begin their own families. There is also a need to make a difference in their society. Erikson describes this as generatively (Harder, 2009, ¶ 8). If they do not get through this stage successfully, they can become self-absorbed and stagnate.
As I have not yet entered this stage, I can only predict what my life will be. I believe that I will be married with children at the beginning of this stage, if not earlier (if that is God’s plan for me). I would like my future “generatively” to be going on mission trips.
The final stage of Erikson’s theory is late adulthood (65 years till death). The basic conflict between integrity and despair appears as older adults start to look back on their life. Resulting in either a sense of fulfilment with their life, or regret, bitterness, and despair (Nevid, 2009, p.
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I would like to say that when I finally enter into this phase I will feel as though I have fulfilled my God given purpose. Being a Christian, I think it will be an exciting because there will be little time before I get to enter heaven and be with God.
In conclusion, Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial development accurately linked with my life. It was obvious that all of the basic conflicts that rose in each stage were relevant and challenging. This assignment also helped me see just how influential events in the early stages of my life could be on my later stages such as adolescence. It helped me understand why I felt certain feelings over the years.

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