Jean Piagets theory of cognitive development

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    Kohlberg’s theory of moral development
    Erik Erickson’ s theory of psychosocial development
    Jean Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
    Sigmund’s Freud’s theory of psychosexual development
    For your first entry, reflect on a personal life experience and use a psychological concept/theory to explain this life experience. This entry requires you to:
    select a theory from the topic, Lifespan Development, and choose ONE stage of the theory, then provide a concise but clear explanation of this stage. [5 Marks] B. the stage must be one that you are able to recollect.
    reflect on YOUR developmental experiences, then choose ONE episode or event and provide a brief description of that episode or event. [5 Marks]
    having described the stage above, demonstrate how the stage relates to your experience.
    [20 Marks]

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    john Smith
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    Title: Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development – Stage 4: Industry vs. Inferiority

    Stage Explanation:
    Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development consists of eight stages, each presenting a conflict that individuals encounter throughout their lifespan. The fourth stage, “Industry vs. Inferiority,” occurs during middle childhood, roughly between the ages of 6 to 12 years old. At this stage, children face the challenge of developing a sense of competence and accomplishment (industry) in their abilities and skills. Success in this stage leads to feelings of confidence and belief in their capabilities, while failure can result in feelings of inferiority and inadequacy.

    Personal Life Experience:
    During my early school years (around 8 years old), I had a significant experience that relates to Erikson’s stage of Industry vs. Inferiority. I was an enthusiastic and diligent student, always eager to participate in class activities and complete assignments. However, there was a particular subject, mathematics, that I struggled with. No matter how hard I tried, I found it challenging to grasp certain concepts, and my grades in math were consistently lower compared to other subjects.

    Description of the Episode:
    One day, the teacher decided to hold a math competition among the students. The objective was to solve a series of math problems quickly. I felt both excited and nervous about the challenge. As the competition progressed, I struggled with the questions, and my self-confidence started to wane. Eventually, I couldn’t complete the problems in time, and the feeling of inferiority overwhelmed me as I saw my peers performing much better.

    Demonstration of Stage Relation:
    This life episode directly aligns with Erikson’s Industry vs. Inferiority stage. The competition represented a crucial moment in my developmental journey during middle childhood, where I was striving to demonstrate my competence and gain recognition for my skills (industry). My struggle with mathematics and subsequent failure in the competition triggered feelings of inadequacy (inferiority). I started to doubt my abilities in math and developed a fear of participating in similar competitive situations.

    Fortunately, this experience also provided an opportunity for growth. With the support of my parents and teachers, I received extra help and tutoring in mathematics. Slowly, my understanding of the subject improved, and my confidence began to build again. Over time, I learned that setbacks and challenges are natural parts of development, and they can be overcome with perseverance and support.

    In conclusion, Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development, specifically the Industry vs. Inferiority stage, perfectly explains the psychological conflict I faced during my middle childhood. This experience taught me the importance of resilience and how seeking support during challenging times can lead to personal growth and a sense of competence.

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