Erik Erikson 's Stages Of Psychosocial Development

1318 WordsJul 27, 20166 Pages
“Who am I?” “How do I fit into this world?” “What is life all about?” Are questions that are significant during the teenage years, as adolescents seek to find their place in the social world” (Feldman.2013). During the teenage years, from experience we do seem to try to answer those questions on the daily. Wanting to know are role in society is something that is very important to us at that age because we are getting to the age where we need to start making contributions to the society and to be able to make those contributions we need to be able to answer those questions for ourselves. In this essay I will be talking about two different theories that are found in developmental psychology and how those two theories has affected my life. The two theories that I will be discussing is Erik Erikson’s ‘Stages of Psychosocial development’ theory and Diana Baumrinds ‘Parenting Styles’. Stages of Psychosocial development Erik Erikson’s theory emphasizes the search for identity during the adolescent years (Feldman, 2013). His ideas were greatly influenced by Freud, going along with Freud’s (1923) theory regarding the structure and topography of personality (McLeod, 2008). Erikson’s theory is broken down into eight different stages. The first stage is ‘Trust-vs.-mistrust’, which approximate ages for this stage is Birth- 1 ½ years old. The positive outcomes of this stage is the feelings of trust from environmental support but the negative outcomes of this stage are fear and concern
Open Document