Erikson's Psychosocial Theory Essay

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Individual and family characteristics are influenced by major life events that occur at certain points in life. Erikson as well as Goldenberg and Goldenberg have developed theories which analysis the stages which individuals and family structures go through. This essay will explain and apply Erikson’s theory to my individual life summary. Following that the essay will explain and apply Goldenberg and Goldenberg’s theory to my family’s life. The Head-Heart-Feet model will also elaborate on one aspect of my life. This essay will show understand through application.

Erikson’s Psychosocial Theory
Erikson (1968) believed that personality develops through confronting a serious of psychosocial stages, which each involves a different
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My good behaviour also minimized resentment from teachers. Hence, they often encouraged me to do my best. The encouraged lead to me constantly trying to better my performance and even having developing healthy competition with fellow peers.
Identity versus role confusing:
According to Erikson, an adolescent (aged 12-19), will ask questions such as “Who am I?” and “What do I believe in?” (Holt et al., 2012). Erikson believed that in this stage adolescents go through an ‘identity crisis’ (Holt et al., 2012). Erikson stated that this ‘identity crises’ can be resolved positively, leading to a stable sense of identity (Holt et al., 2012). Or it can end negatively, leading to confusion about one’s identity and values (Holt et al., 2012).
Being overweight and shy made the start of adolescence a tough one. I had a really good life but felt that I didn’t know who I was and didn’t feel good about the person I was. I thought I had an identity but I was yet to find myself, I was just being the person I was told to be. However, when I started puberty I began to lose weight, and at the same time started becoming more social in my church. This encouraged me to push myself and get out of my comfort zone, to such an extent that I became a whole different person and believed to have found my
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