Sunday, May 19, 2019

Erikson’s Theory In Today’s Culture: A Reflection

A somebodys disposition directly affects how he conducts himself and ultimately, how he allow live his conduct. In more(prenominal) ways than 1(a), then, personality helps direct a person towards success. Having said this, it is no wonder that the development of a persons personality has long been the subject of psychological research. Of the many theories in personality and child development, Erik Eriksons is one of those that have stood the test of epoch. Perhaps this is largely due to the fact that unlike most theories, his covers the whole life cycle of man.It also helped that amongst the rather purist concepts of the nature vs. urture phenomenon his recognizes both the effect of internal development (of the body and the mind) and the bend of the outside world to a persons personality. However adaptive Eriksons psychosocial stages are, though, it is lock beta to reexamine it alongside our culture today, in order to gauge how effective and accurate it still is. On a ge neral viewpoint, the main tenet of Eriksons philosophy that there are specific traits develop (or lost) in a particular stage in a persons life still holds even when analyzed alongside our ever-developing culture.This means that on most counts, contemporary culture has strengthened Eriksons theory not negate or redefine it. For example, that the viewpoint of a person with regard to how accredited the world is shaped during the early years is still true (whether that occurs exclusively during infancy is up to right off subject to verification) recent studies of incidents of suicide show its relation to the formation during the early years of the basic teaching I have earlier mentioned.Likewise, it is still true that a sense of autonomy is developed during the bambino years when we learn to walk on our own, and feed and bathe ourselves. The continuous development of our educational formation supports the two subsequent stages play age and school age in Eriksons theory ind eed, it is during the time we start going to school and widening our circle that we develop initiative and the value of industry.As for the neighboring stage, adolescence, it still is the case that during these years in our struggle for independence from parents in our attempt to develop wild-eyed relationships and strengthen our ties with friends in our quest to find the answer to the question Who am I? we develop a deeper sense of our identity. I mentioned that on most counts, Eriksons theory holds. There are several points in his work, however, that are redefined by a change in our culture. One of the most glaring changes would be in his stage of young heavy(a)hood.While it is true that during this time we seek love and a deeper relationship, more and more of the American youth opt to stay single until their thirties. Whereas before starting a family occurs at this stage, directly having kids occurs more in Eriksons next stage middle adulthood. In my opinion, the high inc idence of split up nowadays, and the lure of tingeing a life devoid of the immense responsibility married life entails, instills in us the belief that having a family takes careful planning and thus, takes time.Upon examining Eriksons theory, it is prevalent that he sees his stages as having a linear path that is, the stages and the development of the traits he singled out for each stage occur one later the other, with each one having a direct effect on the stage it precedes. In simpler terms, then, if a person failed to develop trust in infancy, he will have a hard time cultivating autonomy in the next stage, if he even ever does. Such a pessimistic way of position things, I believe, is doomed to criticism and negation in itself.How many times have we heard of success stories, of great deal who rose above a troubled childhood to find love and success in their adult lives? Erikson, it seems, failed to take into account the strength of the human spirit to rise above any predic ament. If there is one characteristic of our culture and our world today that may hinder us from successfully navigating through Eriksons psychosocial stages, it is their being fast-paced.In an environment where success is predominantly measured by what you own, we are driven to lead lives that place personal relationships in the back seat. Given this fact, it is possible that more and more of us will fail to resolve a crisis or two in the right time, as describe in Eriksons work. I believe, however, that despite this fact, in the end we will still tackle the issues immanent in our struggle to form our identity, and we will still be able to resolve them all.

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