Erikson's 8 Stages Of Psychosocial Development Analysis

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Erik Erikson developed his 8 stages of psychosocial development to explain how humans evolve emotionally, mentally, and morally from infancy to adulthood. In each stage a person confronts and hopefully masters a set of challenges. Erkison, “believed that humans have to go through certain stages in their lives if they want to reach their full development and those stages have expanded from the moment they are born to the moment they die”. (Erikson) Trust Vs Mistrust. This stage Trust vs. Mistrust. Happens in the first year of life, is centered around the infant’s needs being met. If the need is not being met the infant may learn to mistrust. Stage two is Autonomy vs. Doubt. It happens in the second year of life and includes a sense of self-control and adequacy. The crisis being faced creates feelings of shame and self-doubt. The third stage, Initiative vs. Guilt, happens within 3-5 years, and includes the ability to be a self-starter, to initiate one’s own activities and to face the crisis of having a sense of guilt, inadequacy and learn to be on one’s own. The fifth stage, Identity vs. Inferiority, which happens during puberty, is the ability to learn how things work, to understand and organize. The crisis involves a sense of inferiority at understanding and organizing. Stage six Intimacy vs. Isolation, which happens during the young adult stage. In this phase the young person has the ability to make commitments to others, to love. The inability to form affectionate

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