Eric Erikson's Theory Of Psychosocial Development

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Development describes the growth of humans throughout the lifespan, from conception to death. The study of human development helps to understand how and why people change throughout life. This includes all aspects of human growth, including physical, intellectual, language, social and emotional and spiritual development. Development is dynamic, however, the ability to progress to each developmental phase will affect the overall health of the person. Each child is unique and develops at his /her own space. Eric Erikson was one of the most famous theorists of the twentieth century; he created many theories. One of the most known theories is his theory of psychosocial development. This is a theory that describes the stages in which an …show more content…

The main task of this phase is to develop an intimate and trusting relationship with another person. The ideal relationship should complement the individuality of each partner without stifling growth. People who fail at developing such a relationship may retreat into isolation. (Giddens) Likewise there is a big gap in development milestone when in people living with disabilities, which make difficult or even impossible to master each stage. Most of the young adult I met at the coffee shop at Alden, Exceptional School were grown -ups that need time and attention. Some of them are cognitively, psychological, physical, and psychosocial impaired. They couldn’t tie their shoes, cut some cheese in cube, or even to set a cup of soup for themselves. They will have the to live for the rest of their life depending on someone else for their daily activities. While most adult in this stage are seeking for independence, career, partners, and marriage. However, for some, the journey has the opposite outcome, especially for those living with disabilities, these individuals crave isolation, away from the painful reality of rejection they’ve experienced through the years. If in childhood they were frustrated, ridiculed, withdrawn, or mistrustful then these qualities may come into play in their adult relationships. If they have low self-esteem and have attained inadequate confidence in their ability, this will transfer into their ability to bond with friends and mates, which I

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