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?
these needs, an individual is able to leave the world having put his “mark” upon it.
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.