Kohlberg's Theory Of Human Development

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In exploring my own human development, I feel that I am in a good place in my life and right where I should be in terms of spiritual maturity and moral reasoning. This paper will discuss my experiences and placement in each of the theories set forth by Ericson, Kohlberg, and Fowler, and the areas in which I think I could improve upon. In Erickson’s theory of development, I find myself in stage 7, or the level of Generativity vs. Stagnation. I have a career, a settled relationship, and never before have I wanted to take action for a better future as I do now. Although I do not have children, I do have a niece and nephew that I love dearly and I worry about the current state of our country, not only for their sake but for all children. I feel…show more content…
While I try to obey the rules and laws of society most of the time, I also think that there can be exceptions to those rules depending on the situation. Those that do not promote the general welfare should be changed when necessary to meet "the greatest good for the greatest number of people" (Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development, n.d.). However, what is moral may not always be legal. An example of this is the Heinz story found in the Kohlberg’s Essays on Moral Development (McLeod, 2013). Heinz is the husband of a woman dying of cancer. There is one drug that may save her life, but the druggist charges Heinz ten times more than what it cost to make the drug. After trying to legally get the money to pay for the drug, Heinz is not able to afford the medication that may save her life. Even at that point, Heinz tries to use logic with the druggist and not break any laws by offering to pay him later. When that fails, he considers stealing…show more content…
I find myself in the Conjunctive faith stage, where I will remain because I am not, nor will I ever be anything like Ghandi or Mother Teresa, but as I read each level, I can see my own progression. I was raised in a Pentecostal Christian church, attending every Sunday morning and evening, and Wednesday nights, so God and religion has always been ingrained in me. From as far back as I can remember, I was either a part of, or attended many plays that portrayed stories from the Bible. Under some of the characteristics listed in Stage 1, it says that plays and programs are very successful with this age, which I strongly agree with. I can remember ever song and play that I saw in church over the years. This reminded me of the Easter plays that my church would put on every year and how affected I was by the crucifixion of Jesus. In all honesty, I think it is kind of horrifying for very young children, but it really resonated with me. I dreaded that horrible scene but then was so excited when He rose
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