This web site was created for use by students in PSY 501. The material on these pages is not intended for use by individuals not enrolled in that course.
Stages*Biography*Critiques & Controversies*References & Other Links
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psychosocial theory on social development is an approach to the personality that extends
Freudian psychosexual theory. Erikson's theory is unique in that it encompasses the entire
life cycle and recognizes the impact of society, history, and culture on personality.
Erikson is best known for his concept of the identity crisis. This idea may have stemmed
from a personal identity crisis he experienced at a young age. He once wrote, "No
doubt my best friends will insist that I needed to name this crisis and to see it in
everybody else in order to really come to terms with it myself" (Erikson, 1975).
|Summary Chart -- Key facts about Erikson's 8 stages on a single page!|
|Introduction to Erikson's 8 Stages -- Your pathway to detailed pages on each of the stages.|
|Biography -- Read about Erikson's own identity crisis.|
|Critiques & Controversies -- Not everyone agrees with Erikson's theory.|
|References & Other Links -- More information on the father of psychosocial development.|
This web site was originally created by Craig Cramer, Bernadette Flynn, and Ann LaFave.1997