Life-Span Approach

By: Anam Habib

Erick Erickson was born on June 15, 1902 in Frankfurt, Germany. He was mostly known for his developmental theory. His mother raised him alone for the first 3 years of his life until she married Erickson’s Pediatritian. It is belived that the development of identity had been a big concern in his own life. In 1950, Childhood and Society which contained summaries of Native American, American personality and an outline of Freud’s theory. His major influence in Psychology field was his personality theory of Psychosocial Development. Erikson believed that our personality develops through both biological and social factors. His theory involves series of personal conflicts by some change in our behavior and personality, and we can respond in two ways to these conflicts: maladaptive or adaptive.

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