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Life Span Development Essay

3692 words - 15 pages

Life Span Development
Kelvin L. McRae
Liberty University

In this paper it will discuss Erik Eriksons 8 stages of personality and what we deal with during each stage of our lives. This paper will also discuss the Big Five theory which gives a pretty good ideal of most people personalities. This paper will also discuss my life span and the things that I have been through in my life time from birth to my current stage of life Young adults. It will also explain what I need to do to deal with the issues that I have that are affecting me as I go into my next stage of life and how I will deal with it.

In our life time we go through several changes. Form the day we are ...view middle of the document...

In the third stage you have the Purpose, Initiative vs. Guilt which is the 3 to 6 years of life. At this stage in life children begin to assert control and power over the environment that are in like planning activities, accomplishing tasks and facing certain challenges. IT is very important that during this stage parents encourage their children to make choices. If parent are discouraging or dismissive the child could feel ashamed and be more depended on others. Between the years 6-11 which is the school age years you have the Competence, industry vs. Inferiority stage. In this stage children begin to learn and see the relationship between perseverance and the pleasure of completing a job. At this stage in life children are in school and their relationship with peers in school and the neighborhood become increasingly important. In stage 5 Fidelity, Identity vs. Role Confusion ages 12 to 18 the adolescent then begins to question themselves such as who they are, where they are going in life. In the Intimacy vs. isolation stage it is the first stage of adulthood which happens between the ages of 18-35. At this stage dating, marriage, family and friends are the most important. By forming loving relationships with others people are experiencing love and intimacy. In the Generativity vs. Stagnation stage the second stage of adulthood from 35-64, people at this point should be settled in their lives. People are becoming more focused on their careers and are enjoying raising their children. Finally the Ego integrity vs. Despair from 65 and on the person has reached the last chapter of their life and soon will be approaching retirement or it has already taken place.
During those stages of life you also develop your personality. Although most people say you develop your personality early in age I believe you personality develops in all stages of your life do life changes. Personality has been defined as “The quality that makes one different from others” (Smotrova D. V. 2012, p. 233). Our personality is the biggest part that makes us who we are, without our personality we have no definition of ourselves. Our personality begins developing as a child and some may say that our personality is fully developed during our childhood years there are still changes that occur as we grow into adults.
There is what we call the “Big Five” which sums up everyone’s personality. First we have Openness and is defined as; “A general appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, imagination, curiosity, and variety of experience. The trait distinguishes imaginative people from down-to-earth, conventional people. People who are open to experience are intellectually curious, appreciative of art, and sensitive to beauty. They tend to be, compared to closed people, more creative and more aware of their feelings. They are more likely to hold unconventional beliefs” (Saulsman, & Page, 2005,...

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