Erik Erikson’s eight stages of life are very similar to Sigmund Freud’s psychosexual stages of libido. Much like Freud, Erikson believes that personality develops through a series of stages. Erikson’s theory though believes that these stages go one throughout a person’s lifespan. There are eight stages of Erikson’s timeline or stages of psychosocial development; trust & mistrust, autonomy vs. shame and doubt, imitative vs. guilt, industry vs. inferiority, identity vs. confusion, intimacy vs. isolation, generativity vs. stagnation, and integrity vs. despair. These stages start at infancy and go on well into adulthood. For me personally, I feel that I am in a couple different stages at the same time. I feel that I am stuck between stage 6 intimacy vs. isolation, and stage 7 generativity vs. stagnation. Stage 6, intimacy vs. isolation generally occurs during the adult ages between 19 and 40. This stage is mainly exploring personal relationships. Erikson believed that people need to develop close personal, committed relationships with others. Young adults should try to form intimate, loving relationships with other people because success can lead to strong relationships, and failure of this can result in loneliness, depression and/or isolation. Stage 7, generativity vs. stagnation generally occurs later in life between the ages of 40 and 65. This stage mainly focuses on work and parenting. Adults often feel the need to create or nurture things that will outlive or last longer than them, usually having children or having a positive change that will benefit others around them. Success of this stage can lead to feelings of accomplishment and of being worthy or usefulness; meanwhile, failure can result in limited or no involvement with others around them. I feel that I am in between these two stages because I am still trying to figure myself out, find love and a loving committed relationship, and I am raising two children. Even though I am 38 years old,...
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