Erik Erikson’s Lifespan Development Paradigm

Soul Stories HMCOne thing really stayed with me after studying psychology at university, and that was Erik Erikson’s Psychological Stages of Development – a lifespan development paradigm. This is mainly because I could relate to it and have seen the stages in action. While some things just left me dumbfounded, like Freud’s ‘penis envy’ or his advocacy for cocaine use, even though it was entertaining, I found no value in it.

Erikson’s stages, on the other hand, I think about approximately once a week, after learning about it nine years ago.

He suggested that during each stage of our lives we have an important ‘conflict’ to overcome. Either you do, or you don’t overcome this during each phase, and this will influence your psychological, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Continue reading