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Developmental Theories: The Six Major Categories

Briefly describe the six major categories of developmental theories. Explain which category is most similar to your beliefs concerning development and why.

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Sigmund Freud's Psychodynamic Theory. According to Freud's psychosexual stages theory, from birth, our sexuality begins to develop through various fixation stages. If those stages are not completed successfully, they produce anxiety and the development of defense mechanisms to deal with the anxiety. Freud also developed the Oedipus Complex, a psychosocial theory that focuses on the child's sexual desire to be with his mother and rival with his father.

Erik Erikson's Psycho-Social Theory. This theory focused on the stages of human development as spanning throughout our entire lives, ...

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This solution discusses the six major categories of developmental theories, included are the following theorists: Freud, Bowlby, Piaget, Erikson, Bandura, Vygotsky.