Eriksonian Perspective of my Life

Casey Nornes

Stage 1: Trust vs. Mistrust (0-1 year old)

  • home life was stable
  • trusted caregivers
  • one daycare provider
  • Slept often and for long periods of time
  • calm
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Stage 2: Autonomy vs. Shame and Doubt (1-3 years old)

  • wasn't as interested as exploring as older siblings turned out to be
  • always content with what was around me
  • much of my time was spent on the farm with my dad

Stage 3: Initiative vs. Guilt (3-6 years old)

  • ECFE when I was 4 years old
  • Did not like art. No thank you!
  • In general made more friends with girls than boys
  • more interested in playing pretend kitchen or waiter
  • in these years, started exploring more self-initiating when playing

Stage 4: Industry vs. Inferiority (6-12 years old)

  • school came naturally (good grades)
  • grew up in a very small school (40 students in my grade)
  • about 420 students K-12
  • 2 good friends
  • overall pretty shy and tended to be reserved
  • was highly encouraged to get involved with music and sports starting in elementary
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Stage 5: Identity vs. Role Confusion (12-18 years old)

  • Identity in high school stems from activities
  • sports, music, drama were a big part of life
  • gained identity from being part of a team
  • strong role models shaped how I developed and impacted future career choice
  • gained more close friends and way more casual friends
  • personality flipped from mostly reserved to extroverted
  • mostly due to being involved in so many things
  • it was a given that I was supposed to go to college
  • goal was to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities
  • motivated by: Mom was an alumni, older cousin attended, and excited to live in the Twin Cities
  • put on a waiting list October 2006, a new list in January, March, and finally was rejected in May of 2007 2 days before I graduated high school
  • backup plan was to attend St. Cloud State University (planned on transferring after a semester or maybe a year)

Stage 6: Intimacy vs Isolation (young adulthood)

  • rocky start at SCSU
  • poor grades, too much socialization, distraction, dorm life, skipped class
  • joined the SCSU Concert Choir which toured to Germany and France
  • performed a Holocaust Oratorio on the grounds of a concentration camp
  • started dating my now wife in December 2007
  • long distance for nearly all of our dating life
  • in my Junior year a conversation with my dad led to the decision to become a teacher
  • after one education class I knew this was the right choice for me
  • refocus on school, never missed a class, Deans List
  • rediscovered my identity which had been unclear since high school
  • graduated in December 2012
  • Offered a position to teach 3rd Grade and married my wife in July 2013

Stage 7: Generativity vs. Stagnation (mid adulthood)

  • big believer in being open to opportunity
  • open to exploring different opportunities in education
  • plan on having children
  • excited to see how my family will change

Stage 8: Ego Integrity vs. Despair (old age)

  • hard to think about what it will be so far into the future
  • unsure on how retirement will effect me.... work and teaching is a huge part of how I measure my self worth
  • always been use to being very busy and will have to adjust to a slower pace
  • financial plan in place so I am able to spend more time with family