TravisMathenyUnit7ProjectSS350

TravisMathenyUnit7ProjectSS350 - Lifespan Development...

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Lifespan Development 1 Running head: PERSONAL LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT Personal Lifespan development: A glimpse Into the Life of Travis Matheny Travis H Matheny SS350-02 Developmental Psychology Kaplan University Professor Peter Lenz Ph.D. September 25, 2010
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Lifespan Development 2 Personal Lifespan development: A glimpse Into the Life of Travis Matheny It is not likely that the average person ever thinks about their own development or what affect their childhood upbringing had on who they are today. However, this essay requires me to take a look at my own personal life and how the experiences I have been through have shaped my personal development. That being said, by using Erik Erikson’s Psychosocial Development Theory this paper is going to discuss my physical, cognitive, emotional and social development and the effect it has had on my personal and professional life. There are eight developmental stages that are covered within Erikson’s psychosocial development theory. The first period of life referred to as the trust versus mistrust stage takes place from birth to one year of age; Erikson considers this stage to be a very critical stage in development. It is referred to as a critical stage in that during the first year of life, the presence or absence of a parent or caregiver and whether they are meeting the needs of the child can determine whether or not the child will develop trust in their parents, as well as trust in his or her self (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2007, p. 178). What the child experiences during this first year will also determine whether or not the child develops a sense that the world is a safe place (Kail and Cavanaugh, 2007, p. 178). Knowing what I do of my early childhood I am aware that my development was at the very least skewed to some extent due to my father not being around much during this time in my life. However my mother was very attentive in meeting my needs and although she had to work a full time job she made sure that my two brothers and I were cared for appropriately. That being said I believe I had a very healthy attachment to my mother, however according to my mother I never seemed to care if my father was there or not. My mother informed me that she would read
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Lifespan Development 3 to me daily, talked to me regularly without using “baby talk” and always provided the proper nutrition in which promoted healthy cognitive and physical development. I also know that while my mother worked, my days were spent at a daycare center at the YMCA, which no doubt also contributed to healthy cognitive and physical development but social development as well. The second period of life referred to as the autonomy versus shame and doubt stage takes place during early childhood which according to Erikson is between one to three years of age. During this stage of life, a child will develop new physical skills that will allow him or her to
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