Again to reiterate my family dynamics were one of constant turmoil My parents

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behavior, so I think this must be in support of a negative outcome early in this phase of life. Again, to reiterate, my family dynamics were one of constant turmoil. My parents fought all the time. Most of my family members also experienced block-outs of memory in our childhood because of the negativity in the household. The third stage is “Initiative vs. Guilt ” preschool (4-6). Initiative means aptitude and self-confidence in performing actions, even when there is understanding that there is risk of failure involved. Guilt is the result of abandonment or believing an action will draw disapproval. If there is a positive outcome the child will foster purpose and direction, while if there is a negative outcome the child will experience inhibition (Wong, Hall, Justice & Hernandez, 2015). This stage of life was the most significant, while my parents fought a lot, as children we played
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7 DEVELOPMENTAL ANALYSIS and enjoyed life just any child does. I was a headstrong child., while I was the youngest my actions were not that of a youngest child. I remember following my middle brother everywhere. I let him tease me and I kept going back for more, I adored him, so he had no choice but to put up with me. Out of the three younger children, I was by far the most independent. This is in line with Erikson’s autonomy as my independence and self-reliance was already developing. This is in conflict to the things that were going on my life. My father touched me inappropriately “Sexual abusers of children, in the cases of both female and male victims, are predominantly men in many countries” (Chapter 3, n.d.). We were placed in foster care; I remember the night my parents signed us over to child protective services. I was five years old and I recall praying that we would all stay together. My prayer was answered, and we were all fostered together. We did not remain in foster care for too long, my mother brought us home after many months of being away, but she would later abandon us once again, and this time, I was not so fortunate. I placed in a home by myself, while other family members were spread out with friends or stayed with my father. This stage was met with both positive and negative outcome. The fourth stage is “Industry vs. Inferiority” school age (7-12). Industry means having confidence to perform a skill. Inferiority means feeling incapable of experiencing failure or inability to discover one’s own strength. If one experiences positive outcome, they will foster competence and if it is a negative outcome it encourages inertia (Wong, Hall, Justice & Hernandez, 2015). As a young child, I was comfortable playing sports and excelled, but my parents never showed any emotional connection to my abilities and so I eventually stopped playing sports. I met this stage in a positive outcome with my sports ability, but because of my parent’s lack of interest, it was short lived. In this stage, if children are encouraged, they feel industrious and confident. When this is a negative outcome the child experiences doubt in his/her
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8 DEVELOPMENTAL ANALYSIS ability (McLeod, n.d.). As far as education, I did not feel competent. I believe I had a learning
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