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MODULE 4 DISCUSSION BOARDTopic: Erikson Stage ObservationQuestion/Prompt: This week you are required to make an informal observation (church, mall, library, etc.) of two developing individuals who are in two different stages of Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial development. For each developing individual, comment on the characteristics observed, utilizing your text and one scholarly article which supports your observations.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Erik Erikson created the Psychosocial Development Theory, which describes eight different stages of psychosocial development that a person goes through during his/her life. Erikson believed that these stages built upon each other, with success with one stage of development depending on the individual’s success or failure in the previous stage(s). According to Wong, Hall, Justice, and Wong Hernandez (2015), each stage of Erikson’s theory is supposed to occur during a specific age range. Trust versus mistrust is experienced as an infant, autonomy versus shame occurs during toddlerhood, initiative versus guilt is established during preschool, industry versus inferiority occurs in school-age children, adolescents experience identity versus role confusion, young adults go through the stage of intimacy versus isolation, generativity versus stagnation occurs during adulthood, and integrity versus despair occurs for mature adults. Although each stage is supposed to correspond with a certain period of development, an individual’s chronological age does not always point to his/her success with the corresponding stage of development or the previous stages. For example, someone who is between the ages of forty-one and sixty-five years old is in the generativity versus stagnation stage; however, he/she might have struggled with developing intimacy with family or friends in the intimacy versus isolation stage, which could, in turn, affect his/her ability to selflessly love his/her offspring. In order to gain a deeper understanding of Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development, I went to the Asheville Mall on a Sunday afternoon and sat in the food court, observing the others who were there. One group of girls caught my attention due to the volume at which they interacted with each other. These four girls appeared to be fourteen or fifteen years old, which means they were in Erikson’s stage of development known as identity versus role confusion. I found myself listening to their conversations and took note of some key information that helped me to gain a better understanding of where these girls seemed to be in their development. The girls were discussing which store they should go to next, and one girl, the tallest in the group (who seemed to be the leader), suggested they go to Forever 21 because they were having a sale.

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