Project #6138 - human development

Three discussion

#1“The strength acquired at any stage is tested by the necessity to transcend it in such a way that the individual can take chances in the next stage with what was most vulnerably precious in the previous one. Thus the young adult, emerging from the search for identity, is eager and willing to fuse his identity with that of others. He is ready for intimacy…” (Erikson, Eight Stages of Man, pg 8)

Erikson believed that people cannot achieve true Intimacy without first having formed a solid identity as an individual.

First, do you agree with Erikson’s position on identity formation and intimacy?

Do you see intimacy leading to identity formation in well-functioning individuals, or identity formation leading to intimacy? Can they be separated?  

Your post should be at least 250 words, include at least one in-text citation, and you should also comment on at least one other post.

 

#2 We know that different cultures, and different time frames, posit human development differently. For example, the concept of childhood did not fully emerge until the eighteenth century, but in our current culture a quasi-stage of 'extended adolescence' has evolved to recognize that many people do not take on adult responsibilities until some time in their thirties.

The concept of 'middle-aged crisis' so common in America would be quite foreign in a culture that does not even have a concept of 'middle age' (Shweder, 1998)

  1. In America, given the latitude about when a person would be 'established' or 'accomplished', at what age do you believe people achieve 'middle age'? Is it 30, 35, 40, 45 or beyond? Which people? What accomplishments? Do these trends apply equally to persons of different socio-economic status?       
  2. What historical trends could you document that might be responsible for pushing the age of adulthood in American society later into the life cycle? Are they likely to continue or to change?
  3. Do you believe that you have achieved 'mid-life'? Is mid-life the 'prime of life'? What is your relationship to your own 'prime of life'? 

Your post should be at least 250 words, include at least one in-text citation, and you should also comment on at least one other post.

Reference

Shweder R, ed. 1998. Welcome to Middle Age! And Other Cultural Fictions. Chicago: University ofChicago Press

 

 

#3 There is an old saying, that says, “As people age, they become more like themselves.”  Knowing what you have learned about the different theories of aging, what kinds of things can you imagine yourself doing to insure ego-integrity and avoid despair (per Erikson’s eighth stage of man)?

Your total response should be at least 250 words and include at least one in-text citation.

 

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