Case_Study_42 - Case Study 42 Tarika Sejal Chowdhary and...

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Case Study 42 Tarika Sejal Chowdhary and Eric Baker Patrick grew up in a wealthy family with a successful father. His father was a lawyer, making a salary of six figures during the 1970’s and his mother was a nurse. Patrick also had an older brother who the father never accepted because of his lack of athletic ability and coordination. During Patrick’s younger years, until the age of 5 or 6, his father had been an alcoholic and had beaten his wife. Patrick knew that athletics and competitiveness were important to his father, so he strived to become involved in sports in school. Throughout his years in elementary school, junior, and senior high schools, Patrick excelled not only athletically, but also academically and socially. However, his first year of college was difficult, because he had been so used to being able to get anything he wanted easily. He was failing classes, partying, drinking, smoking, and even lost his girlfriend. Eventually, Patrick realized his life was falling apart, and he would need to make some changes to get back on track. He was able to control everything and finally improve his academic career, doing extremely well and gaining an internship with a state senator. After applying to the law school his father went to and being accepted, he wondered whether he was accepted due to his own hard work or his father’s influence. Later, he even gained a position at his father’s law firm, however he was never sure why he was receiving all these positions and acceptances. Finally, Patrick confronted his father about why he had gotten those positions, and his father told him that he had earned them on his own. His father had influenced the internship, but the job at the law firm and gaining
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partnership had all been Patrick’s own hard work. Patrick was finally convinced that he had gained his success on his own, allowing him to live in peace. Erik Erikson’s stages are very important in the development of a healthy individual. Some stages may be easier than others for one to overcome. There are eight stages, including the trust vs. mistrust stage, autonomy vs. shame and doubt stage, initiative vs. guilt stage, industry vs. inferiority state, identity vs. role confusion stage, intimacy vs. isolation stage, generativity vs. stagnation stage, and the ego-integrity vs. despair stage. Patrick was able to successfully complete all of the stages except for the autonomy vs. shame and doubt stage. He completed the trust vs. mistrust stage at a very young age, when he was dependent on his mother for nourishment and care. He must have completed this stage successfully, as he was able to move on with the other stages in a fairly normal manner, except for one. The autonomy vs. shame and doubt stage was not completed successful by Patrick, because he had confidence problems later, when he thought that his father was the main reason he was gaining his positions in the law firm. Children who successfully complete this stage should feel confident and secure in their
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