Erickson's Stages

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Eric Erickson and Sigmund Freud both believed there are stages in personality development with few differences. The Erickson theory is composed of eight stages that a normal human will go through from birth until death or one lifetime. Each of these stages can be related to different characters so it is easier to relate to. Trust Versus Mistrust The first stage of Erickson’s theory is trust versus mistrust. This stage is from birth to one year old and is based on the baby’s environment and the baby’s primary care giver. During this period, the baby builds a feeling of basic trust. If the baby’s primary care giver is consistent, predictable, and reliable, then, most likely the baby will carry this trust into other relationships, hoping…show more content…
In this movie Mikey is taught by both fathers to be potty trained. Initiative vs. Guilt Initiative versus guilt is the third stage of Erickson’s theory and applies to children between three and five years of life. In this stage the child begins emulate the actions of adults and take initiative in creating play situations. They like to make up stories with their toys (i.e. Ninja turtles, matchbox cars, Barbie and Ken) they are like to play out roles as what adults do. Basically learning what it means to be an adult. They also begin to ask question like why so they can find a way to explore the world. Erikson has said that at this stage they become involved in oedipal struggles a resolve these struggles through social role identification. A good example of this theory is Michelle Tanner from Full House. Full house was a television program that aired from 1987 to 1995. In this show, Michelle is a member of a large family living under one roof in San Francisco. In this program, she is constantly observing the actions of the adults and causing all kind of mischievous acts that are hilarious and to be expected based on this theory. Industry (competence) vs. Inferiority The industry versus inferiority is the fourth stage of this theory, also referred to as the Latency stage and takes place in children from year six to twelve. During this stage, the children are able to learn, create and to accomplish a number of new skills and knowledge. This is also
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