Erikson 's Theory Of Psychosocial Development

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When I was in high school, I used to babysit. After each job, I’d not only leave a little richer, I also left with some pretty funny stories. The kids always had some pretty interesting information to share with me. I had one tell me that he could talk to horses, and had another that was convinced that the tooth fairy lived in his closet. Although I find it funny now, when I was their age, I probably had some pretty crazy thoughts myself. This is account to the different stage we go through during our psychosocial development. In Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, we go through eight distinctive stages each with a crisis we must overcome. With successful completion of each stage resulting in a healthy personality and the acquisition of basic virtues. These stages include Trust vs. Mistrust, Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt, Initiative vs. Guilt, Industry (competence) vs. Inferiority, Identity vs. Role Confusion, Intimacy vs. Isolation, Generativity vs. Stagnation, and Ego Integrity vs. Despair. The first stage we go through in trust mistrust. Infants are in this stage from birth to about 18 months. During this stage, they are basically questioning if the world is safe and if we can tryst it. To resolving their uncertainty, they will look towards their parents or primary care giver. If the infant receives a lot of consistent, predictable and reliable care, they will be able to develop trust that will carry over to their future relationships. If they find success in
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