Erik Erikson

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Eirkson's Theory

The development that happens through birth to death.


  • The table is easy to read
  • Tells what happens in the stages of life


  • The stages of life are changing
  • The theory is old and does not fit into todays human life


Erikson believed that personality develops in stages not all at once. Erikson described the impact of social development throughout life.

This theory is applied in the classroom

In preschool teachers want to develop a good personality. In elementary school teachers focus on peer relationships. In middle school and high school teachers focus on building identity and self-esteem.

Erikson's Theory today

Erikson's theory of personality development still exists in the classroom today.