PSYB30H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Erik Erikson, Formal System, The Counselor

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Agency: focus on the self, formation of separations, striving for self-expansion and self-elevation. Communion: focus on others, formation of connections, striving for contact and congregation with others. Early infant-caregiver attachment serve to organize our experiences of trust vs. mistrust. Erik erikson hope : the deepest wishes will be fulfilled: optimistic stories (comedy & romance, pessimistic stories (tragedy & irony) The nursery school child is busy acquiring a stockpile of rich, emotionally laden images from a larger culture (family, school, the media, etc. ) Culturally grounded or sanctioned images provide raw material for later life-story development. The elementary school child is able to organize human intentions into coherent stories with beginnings, middles & endings: stories start to reflect themes when in elementary. As accounts of human intentions, stories tell what the characters are striving for. The teenagers seek an internally consistent and logical system of beliefs/values i. e. , an ideology.

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