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.
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.