Famed Psychologist Doctor Erik Erikson was born to Danish parents at the turn of the century in 1902, during his life he lived through the Nazi rule of his home town of Frankfurt Germany. After Immigrating to America he then studied and practiced at Harvard in the 30’s. He has help explain in detail how personalities can be formed in his theory of 8 unique stages of development of the human personality. His unique perspective of human thought and reason helped coin the phrase “identity crisis” as it will be portrayed in this article through the use of fictional characters.
The applied study of Erikson’s Theory
Erik Erikson was born to Danish parents in 1902 in Frankfurt Germany. One not so surprising reason for his interest in psychoanalysis psychology was Sigmund Freud. He later Married his Daughter Anna(Cherry, 2011). However, in contrast to Mr. Freud’s study into the psychosexual development of human behavior, Erikson focused on understanding personality development. This was a road map that was laid out for future endeavors into personality analysis. Today many institutions of learning impart “Self-Report Inventories” which are used to analyze a person’s personality usually in the form of bi-directional statements(Davis & Palladino, 2010).
Erikson’s Theory Defined and exemplified through fiction
The first stage of Erikson’s psychosocial theory is trust versus mistrust. In this stage, it is imperative that an infant learn to trust their caregivers to meet their needs such as feeding them, changing their diapers, putting clothes on them and loving them (Hockenberry, & Wilson, 2007). According to this theory, if an infant fails to learn to trust their caregiver this will result in fear and a belief that the world is inconsistent and unpredictable. A character from television that would best represent this stage is Lucas from Private Practice. He begins life in the care of his mother after a traumatic birth and when he is... [continues]
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