Talk:Erikson's stages of psychosocial development

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TAMPERING: 12 - 18years section[edit]

The section for 12 - 18years has been deleted. Looking through the review and edit history, this appears to be a repeat issue with an unsigned blogger deleting this section, presumably revolving around a subjective objection to the sexual identity paragraphs. I am loathe to restore text as there is not an obvious authoritative version, though the current version is clearly deficient. Some further action may be necessary beyond restoring text, such as locking the section afterwards. marc (talk) 17:45, 19 November 2011 (UTC)

In this section I just changed the word "Yo" into years. [1] (talk) 03:03, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
Hi! That is kind of you, but this is the talk page and it is not as important here that everything is exactly correct as long as we understand each other. So usually we don't correct other people's comments. Lova Falk talk 08:53, 14 November 2012 (UTC)

Completely unnecessary links[edit]

Seriously, do we need a link to the number 8 in the first sentence? If there's one gripe I have about Wikipedia articles, it's the overwhelming number of bogus hyperlinks to topics that have NOTHING to do with the original post. When someone is reading an article—say, this one—and "eight stages" is hyperlinked, it's extremely frustrating to move the cursor over the link thinking it's going to take the reader to another article called "eight stages" and instead it's broken into "Eight" and "Developmental Stages." Seriously—before you take the time to muck up an article with a bunch of hyperlinks (why, by the way, call to the reader as: "HEY, LOOK AT ME, I'M IMPORTANT AND YOU NEED TO CLICK ON ME"), consider whether or not the reader wants—or needs—to jump from "Erikson's blah blah" to an article about A NUMBER. (talk) 16:24, 30 August 2011 (UTC)


Every year but 19 is covered by this chart. Is 19 adolescent or young adult--let's decide. It seems unfair to leave one particular year in limbo.

Fixed so that 19 is included in Adolesence, as it is in my textbook. Article still needs large numbers of additions to bring it up ot scratch though.

it could be me (and i don't at the moment feel like trying to pin down why i feel this way), but the 19-34yo section reads as if it could've been in my local newspaper's horoscope section.. think it has something to do with <quote>They want to fit in. When we arrive at stage six we should be prepared for intimacy, a close personal relationship, and isolation, the fact of being alone and separated from others</quote> we? who is we? i'd like to rewrite this myself, but i don't have a textbook on-hand, so i wouldn't know how close i would be staying to the main text.Boombaard (talk) 01:05, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

"critique" section duplicated[edit]

The "Critique" section here is almost identical to the "critique" section in the Erik Erikson article. Which is the best article for this section? ISTM it should be in one or the other, not both. thanks, Clicketyclack

Requested move[edit]

  • Erikson's model is the generally recognized theory of psychosocial development. In order to be consistent with articles such as psychosexual development, which is a companion theory, I feel that this article should be moved. Also, the current title is rather cumbersome and may benefit from a shortened name. -- Psy guy Talk 22:55, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
    • I don't think this is terribly controversial, but I did not want to step on anyone's toes. -- Psy guy Talk 23:00, 13 May 2007 (UTC)
    • Good idea. Clicketyclack 08:45, 14 May 2007 (UTC)

I feel that this article should be accessable by either typinf in Erikson's psychosocial.... or simply psychsocial dev....If you are simple looking for one you do not have to look for the otherTessysue (talk) 17:41, 23 November 2008 (UTC)

Nicely Laid Out[edit]

I like the way this page is laid out, very nice --RawEgg 09:47, 12 September 2007 (UTC)

This article has been renamed from Erikson's stages of psychosocial development to psychosocial development as the result of a move request. --Stemonitis 09:17, 19 May 2007 (UTC)

Added on to Initiative vs. Guilt[edit]

Can I have some feedback regarding my posting new information from current information I currently researched for the area under Play Stage: Initiative vs. Guilt. I feel this is a bit lengthy and I may need to cut out some aspects of the paragraph but I do not know what that information should be since it all seems relevant. Ccontreras 04:37, 26 October 2007 (UTC)ccontreras

I will help you, Ccontreras[edit]

I believe from what I have read that this article mistakenly lists only seven stages. Erikson included eight stages in his book: The Child and Society. Joan Erikson added the ninth stage. I would like to in the near future edit and add the eigth stage and perhaps discuss the relevance of the idea of the stages being epigenetic. I will also give Ccontreras some feed back. (Sangel8 01:21, 15 November 2007 (UTC))

Added: Ego Integrity vs Despair and Disgust[edit]

I added to the late adulhood section: integrity vs. despair and disgust. Please give me feedback. I felt the initial entry was clear and concise, but needed more citations. 05:46, 1 December 2007 (UTC)


Compare these edits made in August 2006 [1] by user User:Tragen to this webpage which, if dated accordingly, was created in 1999. [2] akuyumeTC 18:59, 1 February 2008 (UTC)

Why why?[edit]

I moved this piece from the Play Age section, since it needs clarification before reinsertion:

If the child is not given the opportunity to discuss how to accept these feelings that accompany guilt or if the child is simply dealing with guilt reactions, then several questions may arise, such as “Can I do this?,” and “How moral am I?,” and posing the “why” question to understand how the world works. In asking numerous “Why” questions, the child learns about life by making up his or her own explanations for why things are the way they are, experimenting with adult roles through fantasy play, and seeking explanations for his or her surroundings from adults.

It doesn't make clear if the why-questions are good or not. First, why questions seem to be a negative consequence, and then to be a way of development. This contradiction needs to be tended to before reinsertion. Mikael Häggström (talk) 15:56, 10 February 2008 (UTC)

Jjiggy (talk) 04:31, 12 August 2008 (UTC) Re:19yrold[edit]

I think the 19 year old should be a young adult

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Psychosocial development goes w-a-y beyond Erik Erikson. Why is his theory the only one discussed here? Why is there no discussion of the research conducted in this area? This article should be renamed Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development to reflect what it's really about. (talk) 19:10, 14 November 2008 (UTC)

I agree that the entry as it stands should be called something like Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development as that is what it is about. For the time being, why not rename it & set up a redirect from Psychosocial development to this one? That way, no one is claiming that Erikson's is the only theory of pschosocial development, but anyone who is looking for Psychosocial development will still get to this page. If someone wants to write a more general entry on Psychosocial development at some point, this leaves the door open for them to do so without having to change this entry.missdipsy (talk) 11:23, 28 April 2009 (UTC)

Split this up into pages[edit]

I think this should be split up into seperate pages for each aspect of human development. For example, there could be one about an infant or a teenager. I think many of these are already created, but they should have more clear links so others can see them better. K50 Dude (talk page)

Strongly disagree with this proposal. Erikson's is a self-containing model, and only requires one article. "Stages" of life are already commonly recognized, and documented in articles such as Middle age, which themselves make references to Erikson - to the extent that he is relevant. Of course, splitting this article and allowing Erikson to unduly dominate other articles would violate our policies. forestPIG(grunt) 04:34, 21 November 2008 (UTC)

School age[edit]

Could we decide the age at which school starts? (Obviously it varies by country.) What was Erikson's original school age? Could we add a note to explain?

Historical context[edit]

When did Erikson develop and publish his theory? Was it in his Childhood and Society, i.e., in 1950? I think this information is currently missing from the article, or at least, it isn't explicitly spelled out. — Tobias Bergemann (talk) 11:08, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Identity vs. Role confusion[edit]

There are only 7 of the 8 stages here. The Identity vs. Role confusion (12-19) section is missing. (talk) 03:57, 15 November 2011 (UTC)


i was thinking of putting up a table. any thoughts? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:57, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

the first stage[edit]

HannahRC (talk) 21:47, 9 December 2011 (UTC) the first stage has been deleted we should put it back up!

the 9th stage[edit]

HannahRC (talk) 03:35, 14 December 2011 (UTC) there is a 9th stage that was made by Erickson's wife what do you think about including something about it towards the end of the page?

New on page[edit]

My name is Briana and I'll be working on this page for a class project. If anyone has any suggestions to give me, they are more than welcome. Maryannb1001 (talk) 22:38, 23 March 2012 (UTC)

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