Compare And Contrast Sigmund Freud And Erikson's Psychosexual Theory

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Introduction
The purpose of this assignment is to do research on Sigmund Freud’s psychosexual theory and Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory- focussing on the definitions, differences, similarities and finally my opinion on the theories. It is said that these theories are somewhat similar to one another. They shared similar developmental theories and age divisions, and besides, Erikson’s theory are mainly based on Freud’s ideas! So, the big question now is, what is the difference between the two theories? What do they have in common? Let us find out.
Sigmund Freud
The psychosexual theory was proposed by the well-known psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. He described the development process of our personality through the course of our childhood.
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While Freud’s theory mainly focused on sex, Erikson did not see the/our sexual drive as important. Erikson mainly concentrated on the/our identity. Freud’s theory stated that during adolescence, the development of an individual’s identity occurred. On the other hand, Erikson believed that throughout our life our identity evolved and developed. Unlike Freud’s thoughts on maturation (he believed maturation played a big role in our development or life), Erikson rather emphasized the importance of a child’s cultural demand.
In summary, my theory of choice is Erikson’s psychosocial theory. I see the importance of human to human interaction greater than that of “psychosexual energy” (which is said to be the driving force behind our behaviour). Our behaviour can be influenced by our social interactions and ultimately have a great effect on our behaviour. We gain the needed skills to operate within the society, rather than focusing on our desires. It is important to know the limits of our desires, but I think we can gain this knowledge through social interaction as

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