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Developmental Psych Exam 3

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Erikson realized adulthood still has staging. Still "finding ourselves," ex. Stay at home mom going back to college, dad stops working so much and develops relationship with kids. Many divorces happen in 40s when kids are older and a little more independent. Readjust your thinking, identity changes, evaluate if happy with marriage.
Identity vs. Role diffusion-Although the identity crisis was originally set for adolescence, Erikson realized that identity concerns could be lifelong. Identity combines values and traditions from childhood with the current social context. Since contexts keep evolving, many adults reassess all four types of identity (sexual/gender, vocational/work, religious/spiritual, and political/ethnic).
• Intimacy vs. Isolation-Adults seek intimacy-a close, reciprocal connection with another human being. Intimacy is mutual, not self-absorbed, which means that adults need to devote time and energy to one other. This process begins in emerging adulthood and continues lifelong. Isolation is especially likely when divorce or death disrupts established intimate relationships.
Generativity vs. Stagnation-Adults need to care for the next generation, either by raising their own children or by mentoring, teaching, and helping younger people. Erikson's first description of this stage focused on parenthood, but later he included other ways to achiev generativity. Adults extend the legacy of their culture and their generation with ongoing care, creativity, and sacrifice.
Integrity vs. Despair-Integrity with the goal of combating prejudice and helpgin all humanity is too important to be left to the elderly. He also thought that each person's entire life could be directed toward connecting a personal journey with the historical and cultural purpose of human society, the ultimate achievement of integrity.