Erikson's Timeline

Timeline created by sylee
  • Industry vs Inferiority

    When I was in elementary school, my parents praised me when I received good grades. Their positive encouragement gave me confidence and made me an eager student (industry). This is an example of Erikson's fourth stage, industry vs inferiority. A possible crisis is not receiving any praise, or being reprimanded too harshly if expectations are not met. This could lead to feelings of inferiority, and loss of confidence.
  • Identity vs Identity Confusion

    High school was difficult for me, because I felt immense pressure to figure out what I wanted to do when I "grew up." My life experiences were limited to school. I felt lost and uncomfortable in my "own skin" (identity confusion) until young adulthood, when I left home and became independent (identity). This is an example of Erikson's fifth stage, identity vs identity confusion. A possible crisis is my identity exploration was slowed, because my high school years were so limited.
  • Intimacy vs Isolation

    My partner and I are planning to get married in 2021 (intimacy). This is an example of Erikson's sixth stage, intimacy vs isolation. A possible crisis is having "commitment phobia," and thus an inability to have a meaningful, healthy and serious relationship (isolation).