Discuss the first two stages of erikson"s psychosocial theory, noting the personality changes that take place at each stage. Basic trust versus mistrust- the psychological conflict of infancy, which is resolved positively when the balance of care is sympathetic and loving. When this happens, the infant feels confident to venture out and explore, thus he emerges from this stage well-prepared for the challenges of toddlerhood. Autonomy versus shame and doubt- the psychological conflict of toddlerhood, which is resolved favorably when parents provide young children with suitable guidance and reasonable choices. Toddlers want to do things for themselves, as they begin to show awareness of their abilities. This grows out of warm and loving parenting. Trace the development of emotional self-regulation during the first two years. Emotional self-regulation- the strategies we use to adjust our emotional state to a comfortable level of intensity so we can accomplish our goals.