Eriksons’s Stages of Psychosocial Development
In creating his own theory of development, and diverging markedly from Freud’s psychosexual stages, Erikson proposed a series of crises that emerge during the course of the lifespan. Unlike Freud, he proposed that these challenges emerge and must be confronted not only in childhood, but from birth to old age. In keeping with Freud’s theory, however, he did propose that individuals could become somewhat fixated at particular stages if the crises aren’t resolved. These issues would then continue to resurface, perhaps impeding the resolution of subsequent crises, and stalling one’s progression towards a coherent sense of self and fulfillment.