Assessment of Mr. Glen Holland, as represented in the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus According to Erik Erikson’s Stages of Development.
This paper is an assessment of Mr. Holland, as represented in the movie Mr. Holland’s Opus (19) using Erik Erikson’s Theory of development. The underlying theme that stretches throughout Erikson’s theory is that of balance (Hergenhahn & Olson, 2003). Erikson (1963) divided the life cycle of an individual into developmental stages (Meyer et al., 1997). Each stage of development is characterized by what Erikson called a crisis; he used the word crisis as it results in an important turning point in one’s life cycle. The crisis has the possibility of a positive or a negative resolution. Erikson’s theory provides a description of some key universal concerns at each period of life. His theory is a bio-psycho-social theory which views humans as biological, psychological and sociological beings that are shaped by an interactive mix of forces (Corey, 2009).
Erikson believed that development is the result of two complex principles which occur simultaneously, these two principles involve genetic and social inputs (Meyer et al., 2003). He further stated that genetic factors determine development through a genetically determined ground plan called the epigenetic principle. This principle holds that development occurs in sequential, clearly defined stages and that each stage must be satisfactorily resolved for development to proceed smoothly (Sadock & Sadock, 2003). Social factors or influences refer to the demands placed on individuals by society in accordance with their current stage of development (Meyer et al., 2003).
According to Erikson a crisis indicates a turning point in life, “a crucial period of increased vulnerability and heightened potential” (Erikson. 1978 p. 5). A developmental crisis results from the interaction between genetic development and social influences. Erikson’s theory states that
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