Intimacy In Young Adulthood

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The developmental stage that was chosen was young adulthood. During young adulthood, one is transitioning from a teenager into an adult. In contrast to childhood or adolescence, an individual starts developing himself or herself as a young adult when he, or she, starts to take responsibilities for their own needs and expenses. In young adulthood, there are developmental tasks and processes that take place. This stage can be associated with Erikson 's psychosocial theory of “Intimacy vs. Isolation” and Levinson’s theory of Life Structure.
There are various statistics on when Young Adulthood starts. In the 1960’s, 77% of the women and 65% of the men left home, finished school and became financially stable, got married and by the age of 30 had
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Isolation” focuses on the relationship that young adulthood face and how important it is for one to fulfill it. Intimacy requires personal commitment and however there is also a need for mutual satisfaction that will create an increased closeness of an individual in a truly intimate relationship. Intimacy requires one to be vulnerable and experience an open and supportive relationship and not lose one’s identity. An outcome of fulfilling intimacy in young adulthood can be giving and sharing with a person without asking to receive something in exchange. According to Erikson, if an individual does not have intimacy it leads to isolation, which most likely results in an individual’s fear of being in a committed relationship. It is also important to know that having sexual interaction does not indicate or mean intimacy. In Patrick’s case study, we are able to relate Erikson’s theory of intimacy and isolation. An example would be when Michael broke up with Patrick because he was not spending time with him due to his two jobs causing him not to be intimate with Michael. Another reason for Michaels break up was because he noticed he has been gaining weight. Patrick’s unsuccessful effort in their relationship may lead him to feel alienated, disconnected and …show more content…
For example, a 22 year old can perceive themselves as a 30 year old because they may have children or could be married, and their focus is on having dinner ready and taking care of their children. However, compared to their friends who are in their twenties, they probably focus on partying. Identity is linked to subjective age and to the individual 's social status and role of transition, for instance, having a full-time job. Also as stated by Carrasco, Bernal & Ridotto (2001), they believe that young adulthood identity is, “a level of psychosocial maturation focuses on the psychological task of establishing a stable and viable identity through the capacity to adapt to changing demands”(Carrasco, Bernal & Ridotto, 2001, p. 1). Having the ability to change and adapt develops the identity of a young

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