Essay on The Stages Of Psychosocial Development

1634 Words Oct 2nd, 2014 7 Pages
Erik Erikson, developmental psychologists proposed in his theory of “Stages of psychosocial development”, that over the life-span an individuals pscyhological development takes place in eight stages and is influenced by internal and external factors such as physical limitations, environment, culture and social experiences. Within each stage psychological crises arise and the success or failure of their resolution builds on past experiences as the individual’s progresses through to the next stage (Erickson, 1982). For example, to successfully proceed through “Stage 6 - Young Adults 18-40years” the individual must have developed a sense of personal identity and life purpose gained from the successful resolution of the “identity vs. role confusion” crisis of “Stage 5 - Adolescence” (Erickson, 1982). This success is necessary to resolve the challenges of Stage 6 “intimacy vs. isolation” where Erickson considers development focuses on achievement of intimate relationship, that is a learning to relate to other human beings on a more personal level and a readiness to make long-term commitments to others.

Rob at the aged 25 falls within Erickson’s developmental stage of “Young Adult” and appears to have had some success in resolving the crises of adolescence. However, the first section of the Case Study reveals that he is still consolidating his identity and role in life, questioning his delay in travelling along with being insecurity about further studies. Nevertheless,…

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