Intimacy vs. Isolation: Psychosocial Stage 6. Forming intimate relationships with other people

Intimacy vs. Isolation: Psychosocial Stage 6. Forming intimate relationships with other people

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Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and is an active manager, instructor, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Overview
  • Trust vs. Mistrust
  • Autonomy vs. Shame and Question
  • Initiative vs. Guilt
  • Industry vs. Inferiority
  • Identification vs. Confusion
  • Intimacy vs. Isolation
  • Generativity vs. Stagnation
  • Integrity vs. Despair

Closeness versus isolation may be the stage that is sixth of Erikson’s concept of psychosocial development.

This phase occurs during young adulthood between the many years of around 19 and 40. The major conflict centers on forming intimate, loving relationships with other people during this period. Triumph at this time contributes to relationships that are fulfilling. Failure, having said that, can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Overview

  • Psychosocial Conflict: Intimacy versus isolation
  • Significant Question: “can i be liked or am I going to be alone? “
  • Fundamental Virtue: Love
  • Crucial Event(s): Romantic Relationships

Understanding Psychosocial Developing Theory

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