Life-Span Developmental Psychology Timeline

By Ohchiyo
  • Prenatal Development and Birth

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    The First Two Years

  • Biosocial Development - Sleep and Physical Therapy

    Only a few months after I was born, I must have decided I liked sleeping on my side. As a result, both sides of my neck were not growing properly, so I had to go to physical therapy.
  • Cognitive Development - First Words

    My first word: 'Momma'
  • Psychosocial Development - Secure Attachment

    When I was a baby, I was sometimes afraid of being alone in my crib. I wanted to be with my mom, but I had to have naptime.
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    The Play Years

  • Biosocial Development - Eating Habits

    My favorite foods were Macaroni & Cheese and Mrs. Grass' Noodle Soup.
  • Cognitive Development - Early Childhood Education

    I began pre-school at three years old.
  • Psychosocial Development - Emotional Balance

    I had a tendency to internalize my emotions and problems as opposed to externalizing them.
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    The School Years

  • Psychosocial Development - Friendship

    Friendship was very important to me during my school years. I had a few acquaintance-type friends and got along well with my peers, but my best friend was most important. My first best friend's name was Sarah.
  • Biosocial Development - Physical Activity

    When I was eight years old, I began playing volleyball on a team for my school.
  • Cognitive Development - Reading

    I began reading at a very early age, and my reading skills were above average by the time I reached ten years old. My scores in reading and English-related subjects were always my personal highest on standardized tests.
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  • Biosocial Development - Growth

    I am almost entirely sure I stopped growing taller around age fourteen. My grandpa would measure me against the wall every summer, even in high school, and it seemed like the mark on the wall didn't move after my freshman year.
  • Cognitive Development - The Imaginary Audience

    I was slightly self-conscious and trying to 'find myself' in my sophomore and junior years of high school. This was the time in my life where I started dying my hair different colors (fire engine red, black, etc) and trying to fit in with the artistic kids at school.
  • Psychosocial Development - Depression

    I was very depressed for a large part of my senior year of high school as a result of an abusive relationship I got myself into the summer before. The ex-boyfriend I had been with was much older than me and threatened me frequently after my parents forced us to break up. I was in therapy and on antidepressants for about six months.
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    Emerging Adulthood

  • Biosocial Development - Exercise and Eating Well

    I have been more concerned with staying active and healthy. I lost fifteen pounds last summer and made a new year's resolution to cut out pop and junk food from my diet. I have been sticking to it so far.
  • Cognitive Development

    I am hoping to be out of college with a Master's degree in Social Work by the time I am 23.
  • Psychosocial Development - Relationships

    I am hoping to be in a healthy, normal relationship sometime between now and my mid-twenties. I am also hoping to keep the friends I have now and make new ones as time goes on.
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  • Cognitive Development - Intelligence

    I hope to be smart and experienced when I am an adult. I would like to pass on knowledge I've gained to other people, maybe through teaching or something similar.
  • Biosocial Development - The Aging Brain

    I want to continue learning well into my older years, stay active, and live a happy life so I can keep my brain in the best shape possible.
  • Psychosocial Development - Generativity

    When I am an adult, I would like to have a stable life with loving friends and family. I would like to give back to my family, friends, and community through generativity.
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    Late Adulthood

  • Psychosocial Development - Retirement

    I would like to retire around age 66 or 67 and take time to travel and get involved with my own personal interests.
  • Biosocial Development - Health Habits

    I want to stay healthy an active as much as possible when I am in my sixties and seventies. My grandma is 73 right now and has a brain disease called Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy that she most likely got because she did not take care of herself for a number of years. I do not want to spend my late adulthood sick or shut-in when I could be enjoying life - especially because I will probably be retired at 73 and wanting to travel the world.
  • Cognitive Development - Aesthetic Sense and Creativity

    I think when I am an older person, I would like to take time to read, write, and be creative - maybe through photography or something similar.
  • Death and Dying

    Judging by my family history and how long my relatives tend to live, I think it is fairly realistic that I will die in my early eighties. Hopefully I will go peacefully without any drawn-out illness.