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Erik Erikson's Stages of Adulthood

Provide one real world example each of Erik Erikson's Stage of Generativity vs. Stagnation.

Clinical psychologist Daniel Levinson presents three major stages and four major transitions of adulthood from 17 to 65 years of age where he presents specific tasks and challenges that are associated with development. Levinson postulated that people (specifically men) experience four major conflicts and dichotomies, which must be reconciled to reach a level of content: young versus old; destruction versus creation; masculinity versus femininity; engagement versus separateness.

Provide one real world example each of these four major conflicts, young versus old; destruction versus creation; masculinity versus femininity; engagement versus separateness

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Generativity vs. stagnation is the seventh stage of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development and takes place during middle adulthood usually between the ages of 40 and 65. At this time in an adult's life, they generally strive to be nurturing and want to make their mark on the world by doing something that will continue on after they are gone. An example of this would be a male at the age of 50 years old decides to contribute to the changing the environment by starting a recycling group in his neighborhood. He makes flyers and organizes a neighborhood meeting with the city to discuss what the neighbors in the area can do to help make the environment better for the next generation.

Levinson's theory of middle adulthood can also ...

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Erik Erickson's theory of psychosocial development has seven stages. The last stage of generativity vs. stagnation is also called middle adulthood. This stage usually happens between the ages of 40 and 65 years old.

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