Personal Experience In The Erikson Theory

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I have chosen two personal experiences that will relate to Industry versus Inferiority and Identity versus role confusion of the stages of Erikson’s Theory. This will be investigated in the essay as well the attachment styles and parenting techniques that I have experienced in my life. The strengths and weaknesses and the criticism of The Erikson Theory will be discussed. The first experience that I went through was when I was 5 years old and I was currently in grade 0, my birthday is in December and so I started school early and I was told that I was too young to go to grade 1 at the end of that year. My parents made a conscious decision to keep me back and make me repeat grade 0 so that I would not get left behind academically. Due to Coon…show more content…
My parents comforted me as a child and were very consistent in their love towards me. I am the only girl with 3 brothers and so I was given a lot of attention as a child and was treated like a princess and so this has influenced me to be secure teenager. My father is very protective over me as I will be always be his baby girl and he shows huge amounts of affection daily and this has greatly influenced me to be a healthy young woman who can allow affection from others and is able to have intimate relationship with others. My mother is like my best friend and this emphasises the fact that she was always sensitive towards me as a child and always made the right decisions for me and now I am able to distinguish from right and wrong because of my mother’s attachment. Having a good relationship with one’s mother is detrimental to a child’s development according to Coon & Mitterer…show more content…
It also emphasises the fact that all life experiences are significant and will influence you later in life (Carducci, 2009). A weakness of this theory is that Erikson suggests that one should conform within society instead of having individual choices and ideas according to Carducci (2009). Another weakness is that Erikson states that one needs to develop an identity of oneself but within the boundaries of what is considered as acceptable by society and anything else is seen as a negative identity (Carducci,
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