Psychosocial Stages of Development

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Psychosocial Stage of Development
Kiwanna Todd
Dr. Irvine
University of Phoenix
August 29, 2010

Psychosocial Stage of Development
Erikson’s psychosocial model was closely influenced by Sigmund Freud. Erikson gives numerous of explanations for the psychosocial stages of development. Erikson also states there are with eight stages of development. Both Sigmund Freud and Erikson agree that every human being is born with a number of critical instincts that development transpires through phases and that the order of these phases is influenced by a natural variation. In this paper I will identify my current Eriksonian psychosocial stages of development that may not correlate with my age, give an explanation of how my current psychosocial stage of development influences my behavior and my relationships, give an explanation of the positive and the negative influences of my psychosocial stage of development, and assess how other developmental issues have influenced my personality.

First, Trust versus Mistrust is the first phase of development. This stage usually starts at birth and end at 18 months. This particular stage was very difficult for me because my parents separated. I was 14 months old when we moved from St. Louis to Memphis, Tennessee. I had a very difficult time adjusting to a new city as well as a new set of family members. This lifestyle was full of chaos and pandemonium, from drugs and alcohol to prostitution, and moving from place to place. I possess so many trust issues at this point of development. I did not want to open up or communicate to anyone. I felt as if I had been robbed of everything I was born with. I suffered from anxiety separation. I had never been away from my dad for more than eight hours on a daily basis. The situation got so bad I would stand in front of the window and cry for hours waiting on my dad to come and rescue me from this place of distress.

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