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Psychosocial Theories of Personality

Learn more about the major psychosocial theories of personality development, including those of Erik Erikson, Karen Horney and Alfred Adler.

Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development
Learn more about the stages of Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development. Each stage plays a major role in the development of personality and psychological skills.

Erikson's Psychosocial Stages Summary Chart
Erik Erikson described development that occurs throughout the lifespan. Learn more in this chart summarizing Erikson's stages of psychosocial development.

Identity Crisis - Theory and Research
Are you experiencing an identity crisis? According to Erik Erikson, an identity crisis is a period of intense exploration of different identities. Learn more about identity crisis, Erik Erikson, and identity research.

Quiz - Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development
The theory of psychosocial development proposed by Erik Erikson is one of the best-known theories of personality. Erikson believed that personality develops in a series of stages and described the impact of social experience across the whole lifespan. Test your knowledge of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development in this quiz.

Horney's List of Neurotic Needs
Theorist Karen Horney developed a list of neurotic needs that arise from overusing coping strategies to deal with basic anxiety. Learn more about these neurotic needs described by Horney.

Psychosocial Stages
The theory of psychosocial development created by Erik Erikson is perhaps one of the best known personality theories. The theory differs from many others in that it addresses development across the entire lifespan, from birth through death. At each stage, the individual deals with a conflict that serves as a turning point in...

Trust versus Mistrust
Trust versus mistrust is the first stage of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. Learn more about the events that occur during the trust versus mistrust stage.

Autonomy versus Shame and Doubt
Autonomy versus shame and doubt is the second stage of Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. Learn more about the events that occur during the autonomy versus shame and doubt stage of development.

Initiative Versus Guilt
Initiative versus guilt is the third stage of Erik Erikson's theory of psychsocial development. Learn more about the events that occur during the initiative versus guilt stage."

Industry Versus Inferiority
Industry versus inferiority is the fourth stage of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. Learn more about the events that occurs during the industry versus inferiority stage of development.

Identity Versus Confusion
Identity versus confusion is the fifth stage of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. Learn more about the events that occur during the identity versus confusion stage of development.

Intimacy Versus Isolation
Intimacy versus isolation is the sixth stage of Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. Learn more about the events that occur during the intimacy versus isolation stage of development.

Generativity Versus Stagnation
Generativity versus stagnation is the seventh stage of Erikson's psychosocial theory. Learn more about the events that occur during the generativity versus stagnation stage of development.

Integrity Versus Despair
Integrity versus despair is the eighth and final stage of Erikson's psychosocial theory. Learn more about the events that occur during the integrity versus despair stage of development.

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