Designing An Identity Is Something Everyone Goes Through Erik Erikson

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Formulating an identity is something everyone goes through. Erik Erikson was a 20th century psychoanalyst who theorised that people go through eight different stages of development that helps determine their own identity (Woolfolk and Perry, 2012). Erikson’s eight different stages of development are 1) Trust versus mistrust, 2) autonomy versus shame and doubt, 3) initiative versus guilt, 4) industry versus inferiority, 5) identity versus role diffusion, 6) intimacy and solidarity versus isolation, 7) generativity versus stagnation, and 8) integrity versus despair. These stages include different conflicts that a person will go through during their lifetime (Woolfolk and Perry, 2012). If a person successfully passes each stage, they will likely not have an identity crisis. However, “accomplishments at later stages depend on how conflicts are resolved in the earlier years” (Woolfolk and Perry, 2012). I will use Erikson’s stages of development to reflect on my own development and my current identity.
I was too young to remember two of these stages, trust versus mistrust and autonomy versus shame and doubt, but initiative versus guilt, industry versus inferiority, and identity versus role diffusion are three that I remember. Trust versus mistrust and autonomy versus shame and doubt are the first two stages of identity that a person goes through between the moment you are born until about three years old (Woolfolk and Perry, 2012). The first stage of life, trust versus…

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