December 20, 2015
Patricia Giero, PhD
Erikson’s timeline consists of eight stages of life. The eight stages of life are infancy, early childhood, childhood or play age, school age, adolescence, young adulthood, mature adulthood, and old age (McAdams, 2009). After reviewing each of the eight stages of life I have found that I am currently in the sixth stage, young adulthood. While learning about the different stages I have come to the conclusion that my boyfriend is also in the sixth stage and my son is in the first stage, infancy.
I will be 21 next month and I feel that I have just entered into young adulthood because I have only recently developed a strong sense of identity. During this stage is when it is important to develop close and committed ...view middle of the document...
We still speak every day and share everything with each other. Recently my boyfriend and I have also been working on improving our relationship. Just last night we talked about what may help us to maintain closeness with each other and commitment as we are growing together and so many changes are happening in our life. I will continue to work hard on the relationships in my life to be able to answer that question and move on to the next step in life when the time comes.
My son, Josiah, will be a year old next month and he is currently in the infancy stage. The central question of this stage is “How can I be secure?” and the conflict dealt with in this stage is trust vs. mistrust (McAdams, 2009). To answer this question he looks to his caregivers. Safety and security is his main objective at this point. He looks to the adults in his life like my boyfriend and I for that security and safety. When we meet his needs and provide him with food, shelter, and love he is becoming successful in this stage of his life. If we were to be neglectful to him it would result in him being fearful of inconsistency and the world being unpredictable. Soon he will be in stage two, early childhood.
Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development states that there are eight different stages in life. Each stage explains the growth and development that a person goes through at that time in their life. At this point in my life I am in young adulthood, the sixth stage. In this stage I am developing intimate and committed relationships. My son is in the first stage of development, infancy, and he is developing trust for people. As we reach success in these developmental stages we will progress into the next stage of life until we both reach the eighth and final stage, old age.
McAdams, D (2009). The person: a new introduction to personality psychology. (4th ed.). Hoboken. NJ: John Wiley & Sons.