Erikson’s Stages Applied
Erikson’s Stages Applied
The person I chose for this interview for this work was my mother. Growing up, my mum was the primary caregiver. I believed that she had all the answers to questions on my growth and development. She was close to me as I transitioned through all the Erikson’s stages to where I am today. I am currently in Erikson’s stage of generativity vs. stagnation (Lewis, 2020). I was seeking answers to understand my behavior and perceptions when I was a toddler growing up. Moreover, I wanted to understand how she perceived the abilities and choices that I made and how I solved the challenges I faced. Also, I wanted to get a glimpse of how she perceived and participated in Erikson’s third stage of initiative vs. guilt, where I developed self-confidence and how they perceived decisions that I made concerning dressing and opinions about my appearance, which contributed to building my self-esteem.
Interestingly, my mother provided a very good and detailed story of my development. She was keen to note the choices that I made concerning my dressing, hairstyle and how I interacted with friends. She provided a good recap of the effects our migration to America had on me when I was fifteen years, going through my adolescence. The feedback my mother gave provided a clear picture of important psychosocial events such as feeding, gaining self-autonomy such as my toilet training, exploration journey, my early school life, and how she perceived some of the choices that I made in social relationships (Lewis, 2020). She further explained how the choices I made on these events contributed to the person developed to be.
My mother mentioned I was a little bit clingy to her. I always wanted to be close to her.. She explained that the bond that was formed between her and I could have contributed to how I form relationships. Additionally, she notes that when I was about two years old and going through Erikson’s stage of autonomy vs. doubt, I developed a preference for pizza over other foods. Also, I always preferred to choose what I would wear, and my preferences were mostly based on color.
Moreover, when I was three years old, and I had just started my preschool, my mother mentions very inquisitive. She further mentioned that I loved my time playing with friends where sometimes I played the role of a nurse. I always wanted to take care of my friends. My mother stated that she protected us and handled us gently while still providing us with space to choose what we wanted. Consequently, the love made us love our family and feel contented with our family. Besides, she accounts for that I loved mathematics, and I excelled in the subject.
The biggest challenge, according to my mother, was when I was going through adolescence. She mentions that migration to the United States provided a new challenge to me. Joining a new society, finding ways to fit in, and questions on what career I wanted to pursue came often. However, I seamlessly blended into the community. Her encouragement and support in the earlier stages of my life had developed my self-esteem. The next stages of intimacy vs. isolation saw me build onto previous stages of development. Currently, I am in the 7th stage of generativity vs. stagnation. As such, I am currently working with people with special needs.
Although Erikson’s theory provides a useful framework for the analysis of developmental histories, the theory is more focused on events that happen in childhood than in adulthood. Also, the theory is more applicable to boys than girls as personality differences between sexes are biologically based. The theory, however, explains most of the events in my development. I have not experienced problems relating to Erikson’s theory. Besides, Erikson’s theory provides a broad framework from which to view a person’s development thought their life. Also, it plays a key role in explaining the social nature of human beings and the role of social relationships in a person’s development. Another drawback is that people in the adolescent stage may struggle in dealing with social interactions that would influence crucial decisions making. Culture has had a significant role in my development (Huang, 2018). Being born and brought up in an Italian culture influenced many aspects of my life, such as social aspects, food preferences, religious affiliation and how I treat people. I love pizza and lasagna, which are Italian dishes.
Additionally, I follow closely the teachings of the Catholic Church that plays a critical role in an Italian community. Additionally, being born into a family of natural caregivers made me appreciate and take up roles that allow me to care for other people. As such, both nature and nature contribute to a person’s development.
Huang, C.-Y. (2018, July 19). How culture influences children’s development. Retrieved August 7, 2020, from The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/how-culture-influences-childrens-development-99791#:~:text=Child%20development%20is%20a%20dynamic%2C%20interactive%20process.&text=Children%20growing%20up%20in%20different,through%20which%20culture%20affects%20development.
Lewis, R. (2020, April 28). Erikson’s 8 Stages of Psychosocial Development, Explained for Parents. Retrieved August 07, 2020, from Healthline Parenthood: https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/erikson-stages