Socialization, The Lifelong Social Experience By Which People Develop Their Human Potential And Learn Culture

1866 Words Oct 8th, 2014 8 Pages
Socialization, the lifelong social experience by which people develop their human potential and learn culture. To take a macro-level orientation look at socialization we can examine the theory that Erik H. Erikson states about how personality formation is a lifelong process that has certain successes at each stage of life. Based off of Erikson’s theory he states that there are eight stages of development: infancy, toddlerhood, preschool, preadolescence, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and old age. Each stage has a certain requirement that you are supposed to meet in order to be deemed successful. Though comparing my life up through the stages that I have completed so far I can discuss my understanding of the topic of socialization. I can conclude that I have had success in the infancy stage because I now as a seventeen year old, have an established sense of trust and that the world is a safe place. EXAMPLE. The challenge of autonomy versus doubt and shame in the next stepping stone and is in stage two, toddlerhood. I successfully met this stage because I have learned skills to cope with the world in a confident way and I have self-control. EXAMPLE. In my preschool years, I developed a sense of experiencing guilt at failing to meet the expectations of parents and others. For example, when I was play fighting with my dad, I bit him and when he started bleeding and screamed because it hurt, an instant wave of guilt came over me because I knew what I had done was…

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