Erikson Psychology Essay

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The stages in which I’ll be defining are young adulthood (adolescence), middle adulthood, & late adulthood (elderly), but according to Erikson, these stages are numbered six, seven & eight. These stages help us classify individuals not based on ages primarily, but how we develop mentally & physically. Not everyone grows or reacts the same as another, which is a good thing because if we all acted the same then Erikson wouldn’t have a reason to create the stages in which he did.

The three people I interviewed all had very different answers to similar questions or questions relating to another, but there were never any duplicates. But the one I could relate to the most is of course the teenager, my cousin. Although we’re three years apart we both had majority of the same goals for our future & what we do with our spare time, such as either hanging out with friends or doing small amounts of school work in order to get ahead. While I interviewed her she made me think back to when I was her age, which wasn’t too long ago, but I had many good times during that age, we both did because we spent half of those times together. Of course she asked me the question, “why are you asking all these questions?”, so I just told her it was for a grade, & we continued our interview. I would say without a doubt that she gravitates more towards the trusting side of the conflict resolution, for she’s not afraid to explore, she learns from her mistakes, and trusts her instincts, not implying that she doesn’t think before she does a certain action. The stage in which my cousin belongs to from Erickson’s perspective is the sixth stage, when she is very vulnerable to her surroundings along with the individuals in it. This is the time when she’s starting to develop a self identity, trying new things, talking and introducing herself to new people she wouldn’t on a daily basis, but mainly getting to know herself thoroughly. The second person I interviewed was my sister. Although she is not the interviewing type she soldiered on. My sister is a full time student in her last year of college, also holding a job, so there’s tremendous responsibility upon her shoulders. The stage my sister belongs to is the seventh, which defines her perfectly because it is when we as people tend to focus more on work and stability, therefore leading to stress, but not all the time. It’s is also when we get our strength (mentally) from production, such as completing certain tasks on our job or simply running errands that deal with our everyday life, such as cleaning the house, paying bills on time, even laundry. My sister is a very hardworking woman who works for everything she deserves, never biting off more than she can chew before she finishes her first plate. She gravitates towards the trusting side of conflict resolution, because if you have a job, you need to trust your co-workers. But you don’t always have to, but it is a good thing to have trustworthy employees, because not all of them may be as helpful. I personally believe that if you’re able to have a steady job and stay on top of your studies, that’s enough stability. In so many ways I look to my sister as a source of encouragement, that with hard work you can do anything. The last and final person I interviewed was my aunt. She does not act her age whatsoever, meaning she’s not on the couch or spends much time at home, instead she enjoys shopping sprees, the beach, and overall just having a good time no matter what. She belongs to the eighth stage of Erikson’s stages, the last one. In this stage middle aged individuals tend to look back on their life with happiness and are content, feeling fulfilled with a deep sense that life has meaning, and that they’ve made a contribution to life, a feeling Erikson called, integrity. A lot of their strength comes from wisdom in which they use to their full advantage majority of the time, but her case she doesn’t seem to do that at all, unless she’s...
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