Erik Erikson's Personality Theory

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I. Erik Erikson's Personality Theory of Life-Span Identity and Identity Crises I chose Erik Erikson's Personality Theory of Life-Span Identity and Identity Crises to explain my personality development because I believe that a person never stops changing in all aspects, until death, and according to Erikson, it takes a life-span to develop an identity as well as personality. People pass eight stages during the course of their lives, in which segments or certain aspects of one's personality are formed, revised or discarded. The first stage of Erikson's Personality Theory of Life-Span Identity and Identity Crises is named Trust vs Mistrust. In this stage, infants are in constant need of “nursing, peaceful warmth, and comfortable excretion”,…show more content…
After successful completion of this fifth stage, teenagers have evolved into a young adult with a unique and distinct personality/identity, while an unsuccessful completion of this stage can often times lead to an identity crises (Friedman & Schustack). During the sixth stage of personality development, Intimacy vs Isolation, young adults ideally develop more serious relationships with their peers and a possible partner (Friedman & Schustack). One's priorly formed identity is strengthened, or, if the fifth stage was completed unsatisfactorily, a sense of loneliness and isolation is formed. This might occur due the fact that a person with no formed identity has a harder time bonding with others and creating a sense of intimacy. If meaningful relationships can't be established and maintained during this stage of life, adults may become more likely to feel/be lonely and isolated in the future (Friedman & Schustack). Erik Erikson's seventh stage of personality development concerns itself with Generativity vs Stagnation. During a person's middle adulthood, it becomes more important than ever to give back as a result of feeling accomplished in life (Friedman & Schustack). People who have achieved certain goals they set for themselves and feel satisfied with their lives, are likely to give back to others and their community at this stage in life. Raising children, volunteering or
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