PSY : Personality Theories
Development throughout the Lifespan
The development of our personalities throughout our lifespan can be broken down into various stages when considering Erikson’s approach to psychology development. Each person moves through these stages during life, which directly affects his or her success in the next stage. The personality is being built and shaped at each stage. The first step is to summarize what was learned about the psychosocial development through observations/ interviews. Second, summarize the trends seen through the observations/interviews regarding psychosocial development. Third, explain how movement through Erikson’s stages influence personality development. Fourth, compare Erikson’s stages of development to Freud’s stage, and how they are similar and different. Last, explain which of the two theories best explains my own personality. This development process will encompass these steps to attain vital information from the interview of myself and two other people from different stages to provide a thorough understanding of how Erikson’s approach to the lifespan chart applies the current stages.
During the observation period of my two daughters and me has given some insight on the development stages proposed by Erickson. I find them quite invigorating because they have so many truths about people and actions displayed during the particular stages in their life. I learned that my youngest daughter conforms to the adolescence stage because she is going through an identity versus role conflict period in which she is undecided in choosing a career path as a junior in high school. Through encouragement she can make better decisions after talking with me and her mother. My oldest daughter and her dating life have really been devastating as what is the norm for a good boyfriend and she makes comparisons with her friend boyfriends. She says her
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