Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development
Principals of Sociology
Kristina Yvonne Bernal-Marichalar
November 4, 2013
Erikson's theory of psychosocial development looks at a person's progress personality wise from birth to death. Erikson's theory breaks down the development of personality by explaining eight different stages. As we go on through life our personality is consistently changing according to what stage we are in and what we are trying to accomplish at that stage. Comparing where I am at in my life now and according to Erikson's theory I can look back and see how I have really developed and how I will continue to develop.
According to his theory the first stage is infancy and occurs from birth to 18 months. At this point in my life I was developing a sense of trust. I depended on my parents to provide me with reliability, care, and affection. In this stage an important event for me was my parents feeding me. If my parents hadn't properly provided me with those things I would have developed a mistrust in my mom and dad. At the ages of two and three a basic conflict I would face is autonomy versus shame and doubt. With the assistance of toilet training I developed a sense of personal control over my physical skills and a type of independence because I was victorious at this. If i hadn't been successful I would have felt shameful and doubtful of myself. At the ages three to five i went through my preschool stage. Here I used exploration to assert control and power over the environment, if I had failed and had exerted to mush power I would have experienced disapproval and felt a sense of guilt. I experienced a sense of purpose at this stage. From the ages six to eleven, I was in my school age stage. I needed to cope with my new social and academic demands. I was successful at this stage and I felt competence, if I failed I would have felt inferiority. My social relationships have most recently an...
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