Growth And Development Analysis Of A Twenty One Year Old Single Male

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Growth and development analysis of a thirty one year old single male. Living alone in an apartment with no children. The individual observed is a nurse in a long term care facility and attends St. Petersburg College. The thirty one year old male we will call John has divorced parents, both remarried and one older male sibling. John is single with various short lived relationships in his past. He is uncertain whether or not he wants children. He does want to get married in the future. He has trouble maintaining relationships. He said the closest person in his life is his mother. John is hopefully for the further now that he has found a career goal. However he is still withdrawn from society, having almost no friends, rather just…show more content…
He also has not had any long term relationships. However he does have hope for the future. According to Erickson mistrust develops when one see’s the world as undependable or unreliable (Greene & Ephross, 1991, p. 93-94). Possibly John is still at stage one, maybe due to negative experiences as an infant. If he had a neglectful or inconsistence upbringing this could of led to his lack of development. Erickson theory see’s both culture and the individual to be influential. Although it appears John has yet to surpass stage one of Erickson’s theory. John still addresses the other stages during his life as well. Definitively failing to surpass stage one has had a negative influence on Johns ego (Papalia, Feldman, Martorell, 2012, p 187-188). John show the signs of the failure of basic trust due to his withdrawn behavior. In order for John to surpass this stage he needs to solve this conflict. The development of trust, predictability, and control are essential for John. He needs to believe that the choices he makes in life will make a difference. As Erickson himself stated, “the tension between trust and mistrust reaches back to the very beginning…opposing tendencies toward trust and assurance, on the one hand, and toward wariness and uncertainty, on the other.”(Erickson, Erikson, & Kivnick, 1986, p 218-219). Erickson believed that there is always time for personal growth with social interaction (Erickson, Erikson, &
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