Paper On Perspectives On Changes In Adulthood

1478 WordsMar 28, 20096 Pages
Paper on Perspectives on Changes in Adulthood Josette LaNae Hubbard University of Phoenix Paper on Perspectives on Changes in Adulthood My personal philosophy is a derivative of my personality and over-all outlook on life. I have always and will always be just me. I may have my faults, I may have even made mistakes in life; however, it is through these things that I have learned and will continue to learn to be a better person. Age does not define me because it is just a number, and I will live life to the fullest until the day I die. It is my opinion that personality is developed through-out various stages of our lives, beginning from infancy to adulthood. This development is comprised of our rearing; traits; social influences; experiences; beliefs; genetics, and environment. According to Harder in regards to Erik Erikson (2002): Our personality traits come in opposites. We think of ourselves as optimistic or pessimistic, independent or dependent, emotional or unemotional, adventurous or cautious, leader or follower, aggressive or passive. Many of these are inborn temperament traits, but other characteristics, such as feeling either competent or inferior, appear to be learned, based on the challenges and support we receive in growing up. The man who did a great deal to explore this concept is Erik Erikson. (¶ 1) Erikson’s theory arranged life into eight stages (i.e., Infancy; Early Childhood; Childhood (play age); Childhood (school age); Adolescence; Young Adulthood; Mature Adulthood, and Old Age) that ranged from the day that we are born to the day that we die; and at each stage we are given a challenge of working through negative and positive occurrences that must be addressed at some level in order to move us into the next stage (McAdams, 2006). I believe that genetics and the environment play a

More about Paper On Perspectives On Changes In Adulthood

Open Document