Stage Five: Adolescence
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Erick Erickson’s stages of psychosocial development state the eight stages a human will go through in his or her lifetime. Adolescence; the fifth stage of the eight, is referred to as the most important development stage of them all. Erickson dedicated a lot of his time to this stage more then any of the other stages because he himself claims that this stage represents one of the most critical developmental periods in one’s life. (Marcia n.d.) The basic virtue of this stage is fidelity, and it occurs between the ages 13 and 19 years old. (Myers n.d.) Through this stage, teens are exploring their selves trying to figure out who they are and where they stand in society. This is an important process because finding an identity of yourself is developing a sense of direction to the rest of your life. Leaving the majority of teens questioning their selves, “Who am I?” (Erickson n.d.)
Which brings me to role confusion. In this stage there are two sides, maybe you have found enlightenment, finding your self to whom you are and what you’re meant to be, or there is role confusion. Which leaves the individuals confused and struggling to find themselves, also leaving them to second-guess their life’s wondering if they made the right choices. Which gives them the idea that they’re a failure. They often seem to have no idea who or what they are or where they belong or where they want to go.
I feel out of the eight stages that Erickson developed, the adolescent stage have and will have the most impact on my development. That is because this is the stage in your life that the choices you make are your outcome on your overall life and being to finding a concrete meaning and identity of yourself. For example, in this stage’s time frame, you would be graduating high school, upon graduating high school you make the biggest decision of your life, whether you choose to go to college, go straight in to the work force or purse other dreams...