Many have wondered how a child learns and adapts to the world they live in. The many challenges they will cross paths with. According to Erik Erikson, a developmental psychologist, the ego develops as it successfully resolves crises that are distinctly social in nature. His theory posits that every human being passes through several distinct and qualitatively different stages in life, from birth to death. Each stage compromises on having a positive and a negative outcome. On the positive side the individual will achieve a successful outcome throughout lifetime. On the negative side it can also influence the individual on making their journey though life more challenging. According to him, the stages are universal, and the ages at which one is said to have passed from one to another stage are also fairly universal. These involves establishing a sense of trust in others, developing a sense of identity in society, and helping the next generation prepare for the future. The theory is helpful for child development, and adults too. In this paper I will be comparing some of Erikson's stages to my own upbringing.
Every person has their place of peace, where they can go and feel completely safe. That place for me it's called home, where my family is. It makes me feel safe from everything out there. Growing up in a big family you are never alone, there is always someone to help you when needed. My grandmother was the type of person that liked a full house, everyone always gathered together and there was never a dull moment. My parents always made sure I understood the value of family. I have two amazing parents, the most loving and caring people I have met. My parents always worked very hard to provide and make sure we had everything we needed. I am the second child of two, my older brother was the first grandson of the family and because of that he got to experience all the good stuff before anybody else, I am the third granddaughter, and from what I can remember I got away with a lot because I was the first girl in the family.