Erikson's Timeline

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Erikson’s Timeline Elizabeth McWilliams PSY 230 September 29, 2013 Dr. B. Morford Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development takes a less sexual approach than Sigmund Freud at how we, as individuals, develop through life. Each stage, represented by a period in our life, is categorized by certain events and milestones from our birth to our death. The first stage, called trust vs. mistrust, takes place in our infancy. The second and third stages of autonomy vs. shame and doubt, and initiative vs. guilt, respectively, take place in childhood, specifically through the toddler and preschool years. The fourth stage, industry vs. inferiority, happens during the school years of childhood. Erikson’s fifth stage of identity vs. role confusion is seen during adolescence and early young adulthood. As we begin the years of adulthood, we are in the sixth stage, intimacy vs. isolation. The seventh stage, generativity vs. stagnation, also known as self-absorption, takes place our years of mature adulthood. The last stage, during our senior years, Erikson called Ego Integrity vs. Despair. For all 8 stages, Erikson underscored the interpersonal-social-cultural-historical context within which the developmental tasks are given their various meanings (McAdams, 2009). As of today, I find myself in the sixth stage intimacy vs. isolation of Erikson’s eight stages of life. I am currently 35, and am getting closer to the end of Erikson’s suggested ages of 18-40 for this stage. While I agree that “Many people seem to define themselves (identity) through intimate relationships with others” (McAdams, 2009), I have to say that I think I am one of the few who does not define my sense of self through my bonds with others. I have always struggled to find myself being able to attach myself to others. In my younger years, I was an outsider because I was bumped up a grade in
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