The Eight Stages of Man by Erik Erikson Essay

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Erikson’s theories have something we can all relate to as it covers a vast area of the development of our life stages. There is no such thing as a typical person or a typical life, but we can all relate to some of Erikson’s life stages theory. We have all gone through our own developmental milestones. Events such as a graduation, marriage, having children, the death of a parent have, or will be a part of our lives. Whether these events are positive or negative, and how we deal with these events will determine our future (Diessner, 2008).

Erikson’s theory covers the 8 stages of man, which as we have discussed might be based only on those with a Y chromosome, and might not be effective for those who do not. However, Erikson
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Erikson’s theories have something we can all relate to as it covers a vast area of the development of our life stages. There is no such thing as a typical person or a typical life, but we can all relate to some of Erikson’s life stages theory. We have all gone through our own developmental milestones. Events such as a graduation, marriage, having children, the death of a parent have, or will be a part of our lives. Whether these events are positive or negative, and how we deal with these events will determine our future (Diessner, 2008).

Erikson’s theory covers the 8 stages of man, which as we have discussed might be based only on those with a Y chromosome, and might not be effective for those who do not. However, Erikson discusses the importance of trust,and how babies first successful social test is as simple as allowing the mother out of their sight. Each of the stages in his theory relates to an individuals insecurities is some way or another. Autonomy vs Shame and Doubt relates to the infantile stage where children are beginning to gain muscle strength, and being able to hold onto or let go of something can mean more to them than we think. His theories are again a little overwhelming to me, and I don’t quite understand how they relate to the growth processes, but I understand that is why I am taking this class, and hope by the end of this module, I will have more knowledge (Diessner, 2008).

Erikson’s first stage Basic Trust v. Mistrust, similar to