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Development throughout the lifespan

When considering Erikson's eight stages of development, the way a person moves through each stage directly affects their success in the next stage. Their personality is being built and shaped with each stage. At each stage, there is a turning point, called a crisis by Erikson, which a person must confront.

Summarize psychosocial development through these observations/interviews.
Summarize the trends you see in your observations/interviews regarding psychosocial development.
How does movement through Erikson's stages influence personality development? Again, be specific.
How do Erikson's stages of development compare to Freud's stages? How are they similar? How are they different?
Between these two theories, which one do you feel best explains your own personality development? Justify your answers with specific examples.

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Erikson's stages of Personality Develoment

1. Inferiority vs. Industry- new social and academic demands, possible outcomes are success that leads to a sense of competence, while failure results in feelings of inferiority. During this stage, there is learning, creating and accomplishing numerous new skills and knowledge meaning a sense of industry is developing. This is also a stage of social development and if we experience unresolved feelings of inadequacy and inferiority among our peers, we can have serious problems in terms of competence and self-esteem (Vaillant, 2002).

2. Identity vs. Role Confusion- mastering the last stages of childhood: sustained separation from social, residential, economic and ideological dependence upon family of ...

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Examining how movement through Erikson's developmental stages impact our personality development or psychosocial development