Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development


This is a very concise article about the stages of psychological development.  It presents the primary development outcomes expected at each stage of life.

I found the study of developmental psychology extremely helpful for understanding the effects of PTSD.  My personal theory was that the abuse and trauma I experienced in childhood had an impact on my development, something that is supported by scientific and medical literature.   That abuse — and my response to it — had a direct effect on the development of my personality.

I have also found that the response of others in my direct social environment played a key role in shaping my development, not just the actions of my abusers.

http://psychology.about.com/od/psychosocialtheories/a/psychosocial_3.htm

 

Wikipedia has an excellent reference as well.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erikson%27s_stages_of_psychosocial_development

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