Comparing Erikson's Theory Of Psychosocial Stages Of Development

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Growing up is never easy, personal experience has brought me to the conclusion that it is a difficult experience for everyone. While the growing process is inevitable, people strive for understanding. Sparking up interest of psychology in people such as Sigmund Freud who established the stages of psychosexual stages of development believed that a crisis occurs at every stage of the developmental process and Erik Erikson who established the psychosocial stages of development and like Freud, Erikson assumes that a crisis will occur at each stage of development. For Erikson, these crises are of a psychosocial nature because they involve psychological needs of the individual (psycho) conflicting with the needs of society ( social). Although both …show more content…
Freud thought the libido was dormant during this time, and that most sexual impulses are repressed during the latent stage and sexual energy can be sublimated towards school work, hobbies and friendships" (Psychosexual Stages). Yet without the connections there was nowhere to put my energy. However, Erik Erikson 's theory of psychosocial development would imply that my feelings of confliction was stemming from my failure to find my place in society. Erikson 's theory explains that adolescence stage (12-18) is the most crucial stage in a person 's life because of the transition from child to adult. "At this stage, adolescents are in search of an identity that will lead them to adulthood. Adolescents make a strong effort to answer the question "Who am I?" Erikson notes the healthy resolution of earlier conflicts can now serve as a foundation for the search for an identity. If the child overcomes earlier conflicts they are prepared to search for identity" (Erikson 's Stage 5). My failure at this point in my life to establish such a foundation, following Erikson 's theory would then imply that my adult life would be more difficult due my lack of …show more content…
It is a time of adolescent sexual experimentation, the successful resolution of this is settling down in a loving one-to-one relationship with another person in our 20 's. On the other hand, Erikson 's psychosocial theory would oppose Freud 's opinion and suggest that this stage is in fact not the last stage a person goes through, but is stage six of eight. Similar to Freud 's theory Erikson does categorize this stage as the time in our lives when we begin to share ourselves more intimately with others. We explore relationships leading toward longer-term commitments with someone other than a family member. As this does seem relevant to my personal experience I would have to say that is theory is true, I did fall in love at the age of nineteen and settled down to take on my natural gender role as a wife and

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