Analyze your own identity of development from the perspective of Erikson’s Theory of psychosocial development

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Expository/Analytical writing serves as a transition for students to develop more formal elements of academic writing: the thesis statement, topic sentences, organization, specific examples to support one’s thesis, etc. These formal elements may be expressed in one or more of the following rhetorical modes: cause and effect, process analysis, definition, position or evaluation. The essay will be 3 – 4 pages, double-spaced in 12pt font, have a clear thesis, introduction, body and conclusion. Support your descriptions with examples, testimony and quotes, using APA format (for both format and citations). The essay will be graded with the DOL Written Communication Grading Rubric.


Students will analyze their own identity development from the perspective of Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development. The paper must discuss the student’s progression through previous stages, along a description of the student’s experiences in the current stage. This paper must use proper citations to Chapter 1 of the DSS100 iBook. Students must include an introductory paragraph with a topic (thesis) sentence, appropriate transitions, a concluding paragraph, and reference page. This paper may be written in first-person format and may include personal stories and references.

Essay Requirements:

  • 3-4 pages
  • APA format
  • Citations must be used throughout the entire essay, where appropriate
  • Points will be deducted for spelling/grammatical errors, typos, and APA format errors
  • Essays will be assessed using the Dialogues of Learning written communication rubric (see rubric in Canvas)
  • The final copy of the paper must be submitted to Canvas as a Word or PDF document

A Note on Expository Writing:

Expository Writing is a mode of writing that uses examples to share, explain or prove a point. Expository writing serves as a transition for students to develop more formal elements of academic writing: the thesis statement, topic sentences, specific examples to support one’s thesis, etc.

Some Writing Tips:

  • The thesis statement must be defined and narrow enough to be supported within the essay.
  • Each supporting paragraph must have a distinct controlling topic and all other sentences must factually relate directly to it. The transition words or phrases are important as they help the reader follow along and reinforce the logic.
  • The conclusion paragraph should originally restate the thesis and the main supporting ideas. Finish with a statement that reinforces your position in a meaningful and memorable way. Never introduce new material in the conclusion.

Content for Rubric: Describe personal progression through Erikson’s stages

*I am currently 19 years old so I would be in the stage for this age bracket

Tutor Answer

School: University of Maryland

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Personal Identity According to Psychosocial Development Theory

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Understand oneself is very important for growth and improvement on social interaction
with other people. Many psychological theories aim at helping people understand human
behaviors and the surrounding factors that influence their development. Different theories give
different perspectives of understanding human beings like Freud Sigmund psychosexual
development theory and Erik Erikson psychosocial developmental theory. However, one thing
that the developmental psychological theory in common has is that they provide information that
facilities in-depth understanding of oneself and others (Malone et al., 2016, p496). To gain an indepth understanding of how one can use psychological theories to understand oneself, I will
employ Erik Erikson’s psychosocial theory to analyze my identity. Erikson psychosocial theory
provides information on eight main stages of human development in their lifetime each having
different influence and depending on the previous stage accomplishment. Since I am 19 years
old, I have an in-depth understanding of self, meaning that I need to focus on the sixth stage, the
identity v. role confusion stage, and should be able to display three unique characteristics, care
for the other partner, having a stronger sense of commitment and having a happy relationship.

The first most noticeable change in my character is caring for others. Th...

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