Erikson Timeline

  • Initiative vs. Guilt

    Victoria (age 4), cut her hair after her teacher read a book about it at school. Her teacher told her students not to do it. Victoria went home and cut her hair. When her grandpa found the hair, she felt guilty because she knew she wasn't supposed to do it.
    Erikson's 3rd stage, Initiative vs. Guilt
    The crisis between initiating ones actions or feeling guilty for ones actions
  • Identity vs. Confusion

    Victoria (age 14), was in a position where she had to disagree with someone she loved in order to stand for what she believed in. Many of her family were conservative and didn't agree with the idea of homosexuality. Victoria knew that she didn't believe homosexuality was bad because she was gay herself.
    Erikson's 5th stage, Identity vs. Confusion
    The crisis between figuring out what you do and don't stand for. Figuring out who you are and what is a reflection of you.
  • Intimacy vs. Isolation

    Victoria (18), and Imani (21) had their 2-and-a-half-year anniversary. They discussed getting engaged and spending the rest of their lives together to merge their identities.
    Erikson's 6th stage, Intimacy vs. Isolation
    The crisis between being able to create strong important relationships with others as a form of intimacy, or isolating yourself from others in a belief that you are unable to form these relationships.