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Erikson’s Generativity versus Stagnation

Okay.  So I'm a day late with this.  But, I got it done.  Anyways, here's the next piece on applying Erikson's theory to character development. We are on to firm footing in adulthood.  This is the second to last stage in Erikson’s Psychosocial Developmental Theory. In middle adulthood, roughly ages 35-60, people hit a stage… Continue reading Erikson’s Generativity versus Stagnation

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Erikson’s Intimacy versus Isolation

We’re getting down to the end.  People often think of this stage as marking the entrance to adulthood though this has changed some in recent generations.  In intimacy versus isolation, young adults, ages 18-35, are finding intimate partners and significant relationships outside of their families of origin.  These form the basis of an adult social… Continue reading Erikson’s Intimacy versus Isolation

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Erikson’s Identity versus Role Confusion

  Hang in there.  We are getting toward the end of Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development.  This week, we are looking at identity versus role confusion.  This stage spans teenage years, from about twelve to about eighteen.  The central conflict teenagers are navigating here is one of trying to decide who they are separate from… Continue reading Erikson’s Identity versus Role Confusion

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Erikson’s Industry versus Inferiority

On to our next stage of development.  In this stage, the big event going on is school.  Starting around age five, kids shift from a primarily fun oriented and caregiver oriented world into a world where peers start to matter and their work takes on meaning.  In this stage, kids ages five to eleven are… Continue reading Erikson’s Industry versus Inferiority

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Erikson’s Initiative Versus Guilt

I'm a little late with this, but better late than never.  Here's this week's Writer's Wednesday post. We’re moving on to the next stage in Erikson’s developmental theory.  Initiative versus guilt.  This is what kids ages three to five (or so) are working on.  It is an extension of the terrible twos.  Kids entering this… Continue reading Erikson’s Initiative Versus Guilt