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Erikson's Eight Stages Of Psychosocial Development

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As babies, depending on others is an essential part of life. Babies need food, shelter, protection and nurturance, which is provided by the caregiver. “According to Erikson, this extended period results in the first stage of psychosocial development being centered on forming a sense of trust” (Papalia & Martorell, 2015, p. 171). Stated in Erikson’s eight stages of psyhchosocial development, babies first challenge involves in forming a basic sense of trust versus mistrust. Trust allows a baby to feel safe and love. The sense of mistrust have babies feeling that those around them cannot be counted on in their time of need. This stage begins at infancy and gradually continues to about 18 months. Balancing between both, babies typically predominates
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