Erickson’s stages of development best fit my lifeline from infancy to late adulthood. The stages that correspond to my life are stages six intimacy vs. isolation, stage seven generativity vs. stagnation, stage eight integrity vs. despair. My life thus far has had its fair share of ups and downs. I have been married, gone through an ugly divorce that resulted in me having stress related health issues. Then losing both my mother’s parents in less than a year. However, at the same time my life was filled with momentous events. I graduated from college, past the state board exams to acquire my L.P.N. The birth of my niece (my daughter as I call her) then my nephew. Motherhood soon sneaked up on me with my new husband to be, giving birth to twin boys. In the end my life is filled with tremendous accomplishments and no significant despairs unlike Erickson’s eight stage.
Freud’s stages of development there is no recollection of oral to phallie stages. His fifth stage fits my lifeline to some degree. I started dating when I was eighteen and had my first major heart break at twenty-one.
Piagat’s stage of preoperational relates to my lifeline, I was told that at age three I had a potty mouth. My mother told me that we lived near a pub and the patrons will use very bad language. After awhile I began using the words I heard. Also I realized in reviewing Piagat’s fourth stage of formal operation, that life does not always stay the same and people sometimes grow apart; a lesson I learnt from my first marriage and the divorce of my father and stepmother who were married for close to twenty years. I know that there are going to be a lot of changes in my family in the years to come.