Therapy through Erikson's Stages of Psychological Development

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Therapy through Erikson's Stages of Psychological Development: One of the most common and well-recognized theories of personality in the psychological field is the theory of psychosocial development by Erik Erikson. The theory includes various stages of development that mainly focus on the development of competence in an area in life. The theorist believed that people undergo conflicts that act as the turning point in development in each of the stages. The conflicts in each of the stages either stimulate the individual to personal growth or failure in developing quality. Erikson's stages of development can be used in providing effective therapeutic services to patients with histories of abuse and neglect. This is largely because these stages help in identification of symptoms related to the abuse or neglect and the establishment of methods to treat the symptoms by a therapist. Patient's History of Abuse or Neglect: The psychological neglect of a child or the client basically occurs through constant non-responsiveness and physical or psychological unavailability that denies the person of support, gentleness, and psychological stimulation. On the contrary, the abuse of an individual is considered as the acts of commission in which definite abusive behaviors are directed towards the person. The abusive behaviors can be physical, psychological, and/or sexual with long-term indistinct thinking patterns, interpersonal difficulties, emotional disturbance, and post-traumatic
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