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Psychology of Human Sexuality

Psychology of Human Sexuality

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Published by Krystal Herskind
Psychology of Human Sexuality
Psychology of Human Sexuality

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Erikson’s Eight Stages of Life
 
By Julie Carlson
3/6/2011
PSY/ 230 Theories of Personality Instructor: Chris AllenShreve, MA, LPC
 
 
Erikson’s TimelineMature Adulthood, according to Erikson’s “Eight Stages of Life”, is characterized by the need to
create and nurture (McAdams, 2006). This stage of life defines the answer to the questions;
“How can I fashion a gift?”, and “How can
I achieve symbolic immortality?
By accomplishing
these needs, an individual is able to leave the world having put his “mark” upon it.
Generatively
is the term Erikson used for an individual’s desire to make the world a better place for future
generations (McAdams, 2006).
According to Erikson’s “Eight Stages of Life” I am in the “Mature Adulthood (Generativity vs.stagnation)” stage of my growth as a human being. I
am 48 years old, have four grown children,three grandchildren, and have been married for almost 20 years. This means that I have passedthe
stage of “
Young adulthood (
Intimacy vs. isolation)” and have
achieved a level of intimacythat allows me to be part of a committed relationship to my spouse, children, and grandchildren.Experiencing the f 
act that I am no longer the center of my children’s lives, I began to feel that I
no longer had a purpose or anyone to nurture. I now find myself at a crossroads in life betweenhaving fulfilled the needs of my family and wanting to reevaluate my personal needs and desires.The desire to go back to school to earn the education needed to go outside my family into my
community and possibly have a positive impact on other people’s lives is an personal example of 
what Erikson is referring to when speaking of generativity.
 
In contrast, my daughter is at Erikson’s “Young Adulthood (Intimacy vs. Isolation) stage of 
development (McAdams, 2006). This stage is characterized by the need to love and be loved.Jenni is 31 years old and has experienced an intimate relationship with her child. She is seeking
to answer Erikson’s questions defining this stage of life, which is, “How can I love?”
Jenni isresponding to this question by experimenting with committed relationships with men instead of the surface relationships she had in the past.

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