Considering that I am in the stage of improving my educational background as a strategy on strengthening my career development is one of the best stages in my life. I believe that choosing this life activity has enabled me to increase my self-confidence as well as the importance of my well-being since my additional knowledge could enable me to become more productive in my chosen career. On the other hand, my decision to be in a relationship with a significant other enables me to develop a long-term commitment which could eventually lead to having my own family in the future. The intimacy stage also allows me to comfortably build a social relationship with other people to help me balance my personal life with work. The description of the Erikson stage seems valid in my situation at some point but not in all situations.
I am an optimistic person, therefore, I see failures as an opportunity for a better situation to come. Therefore, I wouldn’ t know whether failure to achieve a successful intimacy with other people could really cause a person to be in isolation.
So far, I have a good social affiliation with other people. I heard some individuals who choose to be isolated because of failure in love. For this reason, I think Erikson’ s stages can be used as a framework but exemption to the rule such as the individual types of personality, gender, culture, and traditions, etc. should always be considered prior to making a holistic judgment. I did not have any difficulty identifying my current psychosocial developmental stage. However, I strongly agree that gender and culture could affect the development and resolution in various Eriksonian stages.
(Taylor, 2007) For instance, people who grew up in Asian countries are known for practicing very close family ties and strong family values. Children, especially women, usually move out from their parents’ authority only after they get married. This practice contributes to their late psychosocial maturity because of the fact that these individuals have been overly protected by their own parents as compared to those individuals born in Western countries.
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