Comparing Adler And Erikson's Theories Of Social Development

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Many throughout history have devoted their studies to developmental psychology and how humans cognitively develop thru the life span. Two extinguished psychologist of Neo-Freudism, Alfred Adler and Erik Erikson focused on an individual’s personality and how it develops through social development, at the time was a different focus from Sigmund Freud’s biological view of development. (“Boundless Psychology,” 2016). Erikson’s theory said that shaping of one self was done through social development and must complete certain stages to become successful adult one of the ones that is mentioned in early years of life is autonomy (“Boundless Psychology,” 2016.). Adler was the person that concentrated on the fact that an early family life lays the platform of which personality develops. His theory was that children needed to feel connected and a sense of belonging within the family unit (Gfroerer, Kern, Curlette, White, Jonyniene. 2011). Diana Baumrind took this theory and development her own theory to make the different parenting styles that are referenced today.
According to Baumrind, parenting styles are
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217). These children because they were indulged with no real expectations will be immature, have low self-actualization and autonomy (Dominguez, 1997, p. 1094, 1095). The reason for the low self-actualization is because their parents didn’t curb their behavior or attitudes when they were incorrect, instead the children had much input as to what few responsibilities they had (Baumrind, 1966). These children could do anything so as far as physical activity or school, the children decided when that was important too. Growing up these children would not know real happiness because of lack of control and as adults these people will still behave immaturely, live at home into adulthood (Stassen Berger,

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