Reflection Of Eric Erikson's Theory Of Psychological Development

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I have learned so much about myself in my psychology class; it is amazing at how interesting psychology is. We have covered so much information in my class and there was so much that I could apply to my life such as; Erik Erikson’s theory of psychological development, Maslow’s obstacles to growth, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, multiple intelligences, and social psychology. I will explain how each topic applies to my life.
Erik Erikson’s theory has eight stages; infancy, toddlerhood, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and lastly late adulthood. I am 17 years old, therefore, I am in stage five; the adolescence stage (ages 13-19). The psychosocial conflict in this life stage is “Identity vs. Role Confusion”. Dr. Erik Erikson says that this stage is the bridge from childhood to development, it is most important. It is the stage when a person develops a sense of who one is and where one is going in life. This is the stage when a person searches for their identity and asks themselves this main question; “Who am I?”. Throughout adolescence, relationships with friends and peers became important. Trying to figure out what type of group of friends you can relate to most,
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There are four forms of operant conditioning they are; negative reinforcement, positive reinforcement, negative punishment, and positive punishment. I can apply operant conditioning in my life because I tend to use positive reinforcement with my sister and younger cousins. For example, when my sister does her homework or gets a great grade on her tests, I firstly encourage her and make her feel proud. After this, I either give her a treat such as candies or cookies, stickers or go out and play with her. With positive reinforcement, my sister feels really happy and believes that she can achieve a great grade again, this also makes me feel proud of

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