Psychoemotional Developmental Stages

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Learning Activity

After examining the impact social experiences and interactions have on human beings, Erik Erikson created an eight-stage theory of psycho-emotional development across the human lifespan in 1956. The stages are listed below.  

  • Stage 1 - Trust vs. Mistrust
  • Stage 2 - Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt
  • Stage 3 - Initiative vs. Guilt
  • Stage 4 - Industry vs. Inferiority
  • Stage 5 - Identity vs. Confusion
  • Stage 6 - Intimacy vs. Isolation
  • Stage 7 - Generativity vs. Stagnation
  • Stage 8 - Integrity vs. Despair

According to Kendra Cherry of Very Well Mind:
"Each stage in Erikson's theory builds on the preceding stages and paves the way for following periods of development. In each stage, Erikson believed people experience a conflict that serves as a turning point in development. In Erikson's view, these conflicts are centered on either developing a psychological quality or failing to develop that quality." For example, success at Stage 5 (Identity vs. Role Confusion) would lead to the virtue of fidelity.

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