In this module, you explored several theories of human development including a psychodynamic theory advanced by Freud which was later built upon by Erikson. Although the initial stages of Erikson’s work parallels Freud’s, Erikson’s theory introduced three adult stages resulting in a more comprehensive lifespan view of psychosocial development.
In your initial post:
- Apply Erikson’s theory to your own development and identify which of Erikson’s developmental stages you are in currently.
- Based on your experiences or what you have witnessed in others, suggest a new stage of development to further Erikson’s theory. Be sure to give your new stage a name, describe its characteristics (age span, behaviors, challenges, etc.), and ensure that it’s clear where it would be inserted into Erikson’s existing stages.
- Describe whether or not you have achieved the goal of your newly created developmental stage.