Theoretical Self Analysis Essay

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Erik Erikson composed a theory of psychological development that was composed of eight stages. Erikson’s theory focuses on how personalities evolve throughout life as a result of the interaction between biologically based maturation and the demands of society. According to Erikson, “Each stage of human development presents its characteristic crises. Coping well with each crisis makes an individual better prepared to cope with the next.” (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013, p. 314) According to Erikson’s eight stages of development, I have only been through six of the eight stages. Stage one of Erikson’s psychosocial theory is called “Basic Trust versus Basic Mistrust.” This stage ranges from birth to eighteen months of age. According to…show more content…
Till this day I rant to my mother about how unfair it was that my brothers got to continue on with their extracurricular activities and I did not. Her response would always be “if your father was your dance teacher than you could have kept doing it.” She says that the only reason they continued with football was because my father was the coach. Therefore, during stage four of my life I would say that I had experienced industry and inferiority rather than one versus the other simply because of the things I endured. The next stage of Erikson’s psychosocial theory is stage five, “Identity versus Role Confusion.” This stage is according to Erikson, “Adolescence is a time when young people explore who they are and establish their identity. It is the transition period from childhood to adulthood when people examine the various roles they play and integrate these roles into a perception of self, an identity. Some people are unable to integrate their many roles and have difficulty coping with conflicting roles; they are said to suffer from role confusion. Such persons feel confused and uncertain about their identity.” (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2013, p. 315) During my own adolescent years I played various roles such as sister, daughter, student, Christian, African American, dancer,
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