Middle Childhood : School Is A Pre Society

2593 WordsApr 21, 201511 Pages
From the time we are born, we are continuously developing into socially acceptable boys and girls and down the line men and women. Every day is a journey to find our ideal selves, where we question our natural developmental stages and experiment with them. We want our hair longer, our eyes lighter, and our feminine and masculine features to be more attractive to the opposite gender. We learn from others on television and in real life on how to socialize and be popular in order to fit into our structural society. For children just entering the developmental stages of middle childhood, school is a “pre-society.” These children at the tender ages of 6-11 and must learn the ins and outs of being acceptable in the industry of the school system…show more content…
The ideas of ego identity, social interactions, and cultural influence strongly correlate with Erikson’s more specific psychosocial stages for development. The psychosocial developmental stages consist of eight stages that cover an individual’s lifetime and that continue to form personality based on experiences and relationships (McLeod, 2008). With each stage a basic conflict is presented that has to be solved in order to successfully master an important event and an outcome is expressed, whether or not the conflict was solved (McLeod, 2008). The first stage is infancy, which includes age’s birth to 18 months; the conflict is trust vs. mistrust, and the event is feeding. The baby must be fed and loved in order to reach trust with the parent, and if not, mistrust will be the outcome (McLeod, 2008). Next is early childhood, for two to three year olds; the conflict is autonomy vs. shame and doubt, and the important event is potty training. The child must develop a sense of control and independence in order to effectively overcome the conflict. If not, shame will be the result (McLeod, 2008). Preschool affects children ages three to five years of age, and the conflict is initiative vs. guilt where exploration is key. Children here must gain a sense confidence and control in their environment to achieve purpose. If not,
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