Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development Essay

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In Erik Erikson’s theory he explains that in every stage, a positive or a negative attitude is developed within an individual. During our developing stages we are either successful or we fail. Each stage will come to us whether or not we’re ready for them or not. You can think of the stages as learning stages where crisis occur .Only if we have learned from the previous crisis we are successful. You cannot avoid 1 stage and move to a next stage because of the developing process. The outcome of our lives depends on the way we chose to progress throughout each stage in life. Erikson had his own way in describing each stage in life that we all must go through.
Erik Erikson’s eight Stages of man; politically known as the eight stages of
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Because the theories focus on development, there is no way to avoid these stages, they are a part of our natural development. Every crisis tests our ego. If you want to be prepared for the next crisis a solution must be found for the previous crisis .This is known as the favorable ratio, which is developing more adaptive than maladaptive behaviors. Each crisis is named after the adaptive vs. maladaptive way of dealing with the problem.
From the beginning of time up until 18 months a sense of security has to be gained. As an infant trust has to be gained. Infants have to be able to trust their guardians when unseen without going through intense uneasiness or animosity. Many parents don’t realize just how much nurturing and caring for your child is important. Trust in the world has to be gained by the child; they need to know that everything will be taken care of. Mistrust is born if the child is led to believe that his/her guardian can’t meet their basic needs. Tender, love, and care is very critical. Favorable ratio has to be developed as previously stated, simply meaning that the majority of the behavior developed is adaptive and only a few should be maladaptive behaviors. You would want them to gain some kind of mistrust. For example, you wouldn’t want them to just talk to anyone and let that person talk them in to taking them away. During stage 2, around the ages of 1-3 years of age, we develop the ability to rely on our self. This stage is often