Psychosocial Development Case Study Analysis
Tereasa M. Hernandez
The model of psychosocial development established by Erik Erikson is conceivably a well-known personality theory. The concept contrasts from several others because it focuses on growth through the whole lifecycle, from birth to the end of life. At every phase, the person undergoes some kind of a struggle that functions as the decisive moment in change. When the struggle is settled positively, the individual is then capable of developing the psychosocial characteristics related with that precise point of development (Crain, 2011). In the case of Marie, she is in the final phase of Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development which is integrity versus despair.
This period transpires in the course of late adulthood around the age of 65 until death. All through this time period, individuals ponder on their existence. They either are satisfied with the accomplishments or feel regret and despair over a life they did not acquire (Niolon, 2009). The individuals who are satisfied with what they have achieved will have a feeling of authenticity. Having successfully finished this phase in life the individual can look back and know that he has no regrets for what he has accomplished. He can be satisfied with his success. This person will have acquired wisdom, even when he is faced with the end of his life. (Niolon, 2009)
On the other hand, the individuals who are not successful at this phase in their life they will have a feeling of a wasted life and may have numerous regrets. The individual may feel bitter without a sense of purpose and may feel despair because of his stagnation. (Niolon, 2009).
In the field of Behavioral Health counseling, working with Marie would mean involving more than one diagnosis for her. Not only does she have symptoms of depression but she also has memory loss and anxiety....