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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

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Erikson’s Autonomy versus Shame

Erikson’s next stage of development is autonomy versus shame.  Maybe you don’t want to use the whole trust issue thing.  It is a conflict that gets played often in stories.  Well, your answer could be in this stage. Coming after the infant trust versus mistrust, autonomy versus shame is all about the toddlers.  Remember the… Continue reading Erikson’s Autonomy versus Shame

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Erikson’s Trust versus Mistrust

This week I want to take a closer look at Erikson’s first stage of psychosocial development.  Trust versus mistrust.  Per Erikson, this stage forms the basis for all our psychosocial development as human beings.  We need to learn to trust that the world and most people in it are safe and good.  As infants, we… Continue reading Erikson’s Trust versus Mistrust

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Erickson and Writing

Write what you know.  Advice authors have received for who knows how long.  But, what is that? Those three sentences got me thinking about that.  Then, a couple discussions online about flat characters, difficult dialogue, or struggles with character interactions, got me to connect a few dots.  Why am I not using more of my… Continue reading Erickson and Writing