PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT THE LIFESPAN

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Erikson and Freud are two of the few theorists who have developed a lifespan approach to development. Freud’s approach to development was psycho sexual while Erikson’s was psychosocial. Even though Freud’s theory is better known, Erikson’s theory remains a leading and very much applied model in personality and developmental psychology today. When considering Erikson's eight stages of development, the way a person moves through each stage directly affects their success in the next stage. Their personality is being built and shaped with each stage. At each stage, there is a turning point, called a crisis by Erikson, which a person must confront. In this assignment, you will observe or interview two different people, each at a different stage of development. For a third observation, take a look at yourself and the stage that you are in (this stage must be different from your other two observations).

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