Erik Erikson 's Theory Of Psychosocial Development Essay

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Abstract Erik Erikson (1902-1994) provided a new perspective of psychosocial behavior and development while expanding on the works of other theorists. Erikson believed there to be eight stages of psychosocial development which a person transitions through. These stages start at birth and end with old age/death. Erikson’s work is used throughout many outlets of social work. Social workers use this information to help them figure out what is going on with clients and how best to help them. Erikson provides a clear and accurate perception of the various transitions in a person 's psychosocial development. Erik Erikson was born in Frankfurt Germany in 1902, where he was raised by his mother and stepfather. Erikson never had a relationship with his real father and felt his stepfather did not treat him the same as his biological children. Erikson struggled with his own identity and later in his life started researching and exploring child development and its various stages. He attended the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute and learned through the Montessori Method. The Montessori Method is a method used by various educators to educate children through a “supportive and thoughtfully prepared learning environment” (American Montessori Society) Erikson did not remain in Germany, “Erikson, his wife, and young son fled the Nazi uprising for the United States in 1933.” (Good Therapy). The Erikson’s settled in the city of Boston Massachusetts. Erikson was the first male in the area to
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