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CheckPoint Stages of Ego Development

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CheckPoint: Stages of Ego Development Jennifer Hood PSY/230
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According to Loevenger’s theory of ego development each of us as individuals possesses an ego which is not defined as a “thing” but rather a process. The process of this ego begins at birth and continually undergoes change throughout life. One’s ego allows him or her to comprise one’s sense of selfhood (McAdams, 2006). Loevenger suggests there to be eight stages of ego development. In addition, Loevenger teaches that each earlier stage must be mastered before an individual is able to move forward toward the next stage and that each stage of development acts as an overall asset to subsequent stages. Furthermore, at the lower levels the individual does not have as much control over the ego as in later stages. These decreased levels of control might explain some of the “conflicts” which arise along the way of ego development which may be evidenced through behavioral
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Unformatted text preview: patterns (McAdams, 2006). Dependant upon the level of development reached the individuals behavior will reflect this current or peak level of development. For instance: The individual currently in the conformist (I-3) stage will be preoccupied with appearances as evidenced by many preteen or teenage children. The individual at the I-3/4 stage will not only be concerned with appearances but will also experience “conflict” with the desire to fit in, perhaps become easily caught up in dramatics with regard to feelings or struggle. In contrast the individual reaching the higher stage of I-5 (Autonomous) will be less concerned with these issues and instead be better apt to reach a state of self-actualization (Mc Adams, 2006). References McAdams, Dan (2006). The person a new introduction to personality psychology (4th ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ....
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