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and Early Middle Adulthood Early and Middle Adulthood PSY/280 There are many changes that occur throughout one's life time. I think the most difficult in one's life can be the changes that come from transitioning from being a teenager to early adulthood to middle adulthood. The psychological changes, relationship changes and how to deal with day to day life as an adult and the responsibilities that come with being an adult can be very difficult to transition into. By the time a person reaches early adulthood, many milestones have already been reached. Logic, reasoning, identity and physical growth normally are in place by this time. However, as a person enters into young adulthood, the highly self-oriented development of the persons past years begin to minimize. A new focus begins to develop, like devoting oneself to another. According to Erikson this stage is called Intimacy vs. Isolation which can result, if the stage is successfully passed, in the way of truly loving others. According to Erikson a person requires the personal need for intimacy and sex. Not being able to achieve this can result in isolation. One important milestone in early to middle adulthood is relationships. How they evolve, mature, and grow into something great. A relationship can be tough no matter if it is a friendship or an intimate relationship. We as human beings are all born with the active nature to develop intimate relationships over that time evolve. As one grows we also learn how to deal and handle relationships based on what we see growing up. If one sees that relationships do not mean anything a person as they grow older will continue to treat all relationships whether it be friendship or an intimate relationship the same as they were taught or seen relationships be treated growing up. Rubin and others have stated that the process of developing intimate relationships is so complicated that establishing a successful relationship at an intimate level Early and Middle Adulthood takes a minimum of a year and a half. Maslow has also stated that young adults not only struggle with love and belonging needs as mentioned, but are also trying to establish themselves vocationally attempting to reach the beginnings of prestige and esteem. According to Erikson a person requires the personal need for intimacy and sex. Not being able to achieve this can result in isolation. Developing ones identity is important when it comes to relationships. A person who has not gained their own identity will fear a committed relationship as they do not know their own self. With the research I have done I have found that a person in early and middle adulthood can have a sexual relationship and not be committed to someone and have a bond one would who knows how to handle a relationship and actually wants that certain type of relationship. ... View Full Document

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