My Life By: Max Pietruszewski

Info about my life

I was born on June 5, 2000 to Karen Atkinson and Paul Pietruszewski. For four years of my life, I lived in Minnesota where most of my extended family still lives today. Soon after I moved to Dallas, my little sister Paige was born. Until I was in fourth grade I went to school at Dealey Elementary in DISD. In fourth grade my family moved to Highland Park where I went to Armstrong Elementary. I made friends very quickly with people in my class and still keep in touch with most of my old friends today. Even now I still am able to make friends with great ease and find that more people know me every year.

I am in the Highlander Band and I play the french horn, I like to think I am pretty good at it. On the contrary, I like to play the the guitar, but I am not good at that. My happiest moment so far, was in spring of 2016 when I played a solo onstage at Carnegie Hall in front of my parents and grandparents. Being around music for all of my life, I have an uncanny ability to be able to play music by ear. When I was still a baby, my parents would always play Stevie Ray Vaughn when I was cranky, and every time it would put me to sleep instantly.

I've never really been a sports player, but I love sports. NFL, NHL, Premier League Soccer, you name it, I watch it. I tried to play soccer in elementary school but I never really liked it or was good at it.

The Piaget stages of development are shown above where they should happen.


The sensorimotor stage takes place from birth until the child is 18 months to 2 years old. During this stage, the child is aware of what they can see with their own eyes. Object permanence takes place during this stage as well, where the child begins to realize that things don't disappear while playing peek-a-boo. During this stage the child also begins to walk. A child will also begin babbling or cooing during this stage. My first steps and words were extremely early. I took my first step at about 10 months and my first word, "Dada" was at about 11 months. After this, I was speaking in long sentences.

The preoperational stage is where the child begins using language more effectively. This begins when the child is about 2 years old until they are about 7 years old. During this stage a child will begin to think about things symbolically. They will also start using their imagination and become more creative. This stage occurred early also because I never really needed an "imaginary friend" because I could read at this point. This is the stage where I had basically memorized a whole book. At 1 year old, I was able to recognize signs and companies based on their logos. I was able to spot Home Depot, Starbucks and SleepNumber based on the sign alone.

The concrete operational stage is where a child begins to develop cognitively. this stage takes place from around 7 years old to about 12 years old. Children begin to be less egocentric and are able to think deeply about advanced issues and external events. Children are still very literal during this stage and cannot think hypothetically or think in the abstract. When I was about 3, I began to develop the skills associated with this stage. I was able to understand my friends' pain and would comfort them, I would also reach out my arms to protect my friends.

The formal operational stage is when things start to come together. The stage occurs from about age 11 through adulthood. Now the child is able to understand the abstract, like science and math. They begin to have systems for doing things and are able to understand and learn more complex cognitive processes. When I was 5, I would come home and plant myself in front of the tv and learn as much as I could about everything. I would watch the History Channel, Discovery Channel and anything that had to do with learning. I loved to learn and was very happy whenever I learned something new.

This shows the erikson stages of development where they should occur.


The Erikson stages of development are different from Piaget in that they are when a child achieves a basic virtue rather than a physical or cognitive skill.

Trust vs. Mistrust is when the child is able to take the care they receive and turn it into trust for their carer. If the child is unsuccessful in this stage they will be fearful instead of hopeful. The acquisition of this virtue should happen between birth and age 1.5. I was always very close to my mother and father to the point where I was always seeking their attention.

Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt is when the child will begin to assert their independence. This is called the "terrible twos" where the child doesn't want to do anything that anyone tells them to do. The child also needs to learn the virtue of will in this stage. This stage occurs between 18 months and 3 years old. The very peak of this stage for me was when I told my mom, "I like daddy more than you!" another point in this stage was when I shouted an obscenity at my mom that made her wonder if she was a bad mom.

Initiative vs. Guilt is when the child begins to use their imagination to play with their peers and keep themselves entertained. The child will have the initiative to play games and be active with their friends. During this stage, the child gains the virtue of purpose. This stage occurs from 3 years old to 5 years old. I was always close to my friends, so much so that i would be looking out for them and trying to protect them. I always seemed to understand when my friends were hurt and try to comfort them.

Industry vs. Inferiority is when a child will begin to have pride in what they do. The child looks for the approval of their actions by their parents and teachers. The child gains the virtue of competence through this stage. This stage occurs between ages 5 and 12. I would always be proud of myself and still will seek the approval of my parents even at 16.

Identity vs. Role Confusion is when the child begins to look to the future. They begin to look toward their dream job and their future situations. During this stage they achieve the virtue of fidelity. In this stage they may have an identity crisis if they don't find their identity. This stage occurs in ages 12 to 15. I knew what I wanted to do in the summer of 2014 (I was 14 at the time) when I was at camp. I had my first chef experience and instantly loved it. I have fostered this passion ever since.

Intimacy vs. Isolation is when a person begins to explore and enhance their relationships. By completing this stage they will feel safer in their relationships. The person will gain the virtue of love in this stage. This stage occurs between the ages of 18 and 40. According to my mother, I may want to try culinary arts before I pursue it as a career. I don't necessarily have the best work ethic and I have issues with sticking with activities.

Generativity vs. Stagnation is the stage where everything comes together with relationships and career paths. This is where a "mid life crisis" can occur if one is not careful. The person will learn the virtue of care in this stage. This stage occurs in ages 40 to 65. To my mother, she could see that I would possibly be unhappy with my job so I should try it out first.

Ego Integrity vs. Despair is when a person looks back on their life in their later years. The person will either feel that they have had a good and full life or realize that there is still a lot that they want to do that they can't do in their old age. This is where the person learns the virtue of wisdom. This stage occurs from age 65 to death. My mom thinks that I might look back on my life with some regret, not necessarily despair, but regret of my decisions. She thinks that I will look at the high school years and my earlier years and be proud and happy to have done what I've done.


My results for the Big Five personality test
My results for the Myers-Briggs Personality test


On the Myers-Briggs personality test I am an ENFP. This means that I will need to decide how i feel about my situations before allowing things to happen. I also need to control my judgments and make sure that my judgments are warranted. I see these results to be fairly accurate to what I believe about myself and how I have been told I am by my friends and family.

Big Five

On the Big Five, I learned that I am; Open to new experiences, lazy, social, judgmental and fairly relaxed. These is representative of how I see myself, so I deem the results fairly accurate.

Johari Window

My Johari Window

I was surprised to see what people thought of me. I was expecting to have less in the "facade" box. It is interesting that I don't necessarily show others that I am bold, modest and observant. Those were the three traits I was certain would get picked by my peers.

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