1 CooperNatia CooperPSY 241Dr. McDonald June 27, 2021Erik Erikson Eight StagesThroughout life, we go through different stages of life. These stages are called Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development. This contains eight stages of life. Stage 1; In this stage, trust versus mistrust is usually in the first year. When I was at this stage, I was put into a terrible orphanage. I think it made me mistrust people more than trusting people. Because I was mistreated. In the book Essential of Life-Span development it states, “If the infant is not well fed and kept warm consistently, a sense of mistrust is likely to develop.” (SANTROCK, 2018) Stage 2; In this stage, autonomy versus shame and doubt. In this period (2 to 3 years old), the child starts to walk, climb, grab, etc. and wants to be independent. At this stage, I was most likely wasn’t pushed to do this stuff. But I was punished if I did something by accident. Essentials of Life-Span development states, “...criticize accidents (wetting, spoiling, or breaking, for example) that children are likely to develop an excessive sense of shame and doubt about their ability to control themselves and their world.” (SANTROCK, 2018) That was my view for a long time.