Analyzing Erikson's Theories Of Identity Formation

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Identity formation has a few different theories that have been developed over time. Freudian psychoanalysis trained Erik Erikson and is the foundation of his identity theory. Despite Freud being an id psychologist and Erikson being an ego psychology he was still heavily influenced by Freud’s original theories but being separated from the psychosexual development Freud theorized. Erikson’s theory lies around the ideas of social natured crises are resolved by the ego – conflict and resolution. Starting in childhood and prominently taking effect in adolescence, one must integrate experiences, characteristics and typical choices one faces in adolescence to form a stable identity. Puberty, physical and psychological growth, sexuality, future academic …show more content…
Erikson’s believed that social experiences impacted an entire lifespan of developmental stages as opposed to ending at 18 and that personality developed throughout a series of stages in the ego identity that are shaped and guided by any beliefs, interactions, ideas or experiences. Erikson’s theory of a stage is when an individual feels competent in that stage of their life, they will experience what could be referred to as ‘ego strength’ and they will carry on to the next stage of their life, continuously for the rest of their life. These stages are referred to as: trust vs mistrust; autonomy vs shame; Initiative vs guilt; Industry vs inferiority; identity vs role confusion; intimacy vs isolation; generativity vs stagnation and; integrity vs …show more content…
As I was going from intermediate to high school, like every other teen, making the transition was a very haunting thought the entire summer break leading up to my first day of high school. Like every other girl starting at Sacred Heart Girls College and every girl that had and will start there I was more worried about first impressions and not being out-casted than I was about school work. Towards the end of intermediate seems to be the time when I started, as you call it, trying to find myself. This set off the start of many years to come of going through different personality phases and stereotypes. I was very animated in each phase, really taking on board the characteristics or said stereotype. According to each phase I seemed to have a different social circle, each getting smaller and smaller as I progressed through high school and eventually staying friends with the same small group I am friends with today. When I was 14 I went from never being kissed to the whole yard in a short time period and at the unforeseen end of a semi long run with the guy I was beyond infatuated with I started to develop from my current ‘emo’ phase into more of an ‘old schooler’ which coincidentally was what said guy had developed into towards the end of our duration. After

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