Life Span Development and Personality Paper Psy300

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Life Span Development and Personality Paper Princess Diana of Wales Melanie Gruber PSY/300 May 7, 2011 Professor Bell Life Span Development and Personality Paper: Princess Diana of Wales This paper will discuss the life span development and personality of Princess Diana of Wales. I could not think of a better person to speak of when it comes to an influential figure from the 20th century. She not only made an impact on her country, but she was a representation of class, elegance and grace. Diana was one of four children who were born into British aristocracy. She was the daughter of divorced parents who remained with their father after the separation. She became known as Lady Diana after he father inherited the title of Earl…show more content…
Suffering from the depression of having lost her paternal grandfather, and accepting that she could no longer put forth effort and move forward with her education took a major toll. Emotionally, Diana lacked a stable emotional foundation. When it came to relationships, she did not believe in happily ever after due to the collapse in her parents’ marriage. The difficulties that she experienced surrounding her own marriage seemed to make her stronger and more noticeable when it came to the type of charity work she carried and the media speculation. Those played a significant role in providing a support system for her – she focused her attention on helping others in order to make herself happy. Deciphering which theory of personality best describes Princess Diana was difficult. Her life seemed to be just beginning after marrying Prince Charles and becoming a mother. However, I did choose Erickson’s theory simply because his method extends throughout the life-span and is divided into different stages. The quantity of conflict within each stage determines the extremity. With each stage marked by inconsistencies, a successful resolution will result in a positive end result. The fifth stage of Erickson’s theory is Adolescence; 12-18 years of age. The conflict is identity versus confusion, and this was rather difficult for Diana; she experienced long periods of loneliness and depression. Everything changed for her during this period of

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