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    Erik Erikson's Stages of Psychological Development

    Erikson's stages of psychosocial development Erik Erikson | Psychosocial Stages | Simply Psychology
    Erikson maintained that personality develops in a predetermined order through eight stages of psychosocial development, from infancy to adulthood. During each stage, the person experiences a psychosocial crisis which could have a positive or negative outcome for personality development.
    His stages:
    Stage Psychosocial Crisis Virtue Age
    1 Trust vs. Mistrust Hope 0 - 1 1/2
    2 Autonomy vs. Shame Will 1 1/2 - 3
    3 Initiative vs. Guilt Purpose 3 - 5
    4 Industry vs. Inferiority Competency 5 - 12
    5 Identity vs. Role Confusion Fidelity 12 - 18
    6 Intimacy vs. Isolation Love 18 - 40
    7 Generativity vs. Stagnation Care 40 - 65
    8 Ego Integrity vs. Despair Wisdom 65+
    This strikes me as excessively schematic, because one can have most or all of these conflicts at any time over most of one's life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpetrich View Post
    Erikson's stages of psychosocial development Erik Erikson | Psychosocial Stages | Simply Psychology
    Erikson maintained that personality develops in a predetermined order through eight stages of psychosocial development, from infancy to adulthood. During each stage, the person experiences a psychosocial crisis which could have a positive or negative outcome for personality development.
    His stages:
    Stage Psychosocial Crisis Virtue Age
    1 Trust vs. Mistrust Hope 0 - 1 1/2
    2 Autonomy vs. Shame Will 1 1/2 - 3
    3 Initiative vs. Guilt Purpose 3 - 5
    4 Industry vs. Inferiority Competency 5 - 12
    5 Identity vs. Role Confusion Fidelity 12 - 18
    6 Intimacy vs. Isolation Love 18 - 40
    7 Generativity vs. Stagnation Care 40 - 65
    8 Ego Integrity vs. Despair Wisdom 65+
    This strikes me as excessively schematic, because one can have most or all of these conflicts at any time over most of one's life.
    Sounds a lot like the original Enneagram system, with the emphasis on psychosocial crises as a means for synthesizing conflicting personal qualities and the backdoor commitment to churchy virtues. And unlike the Enneagram, not accounting at all for individual variations in temperament. I tend to think that such things are helpful to people when they are, but usually aren't.

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