Psychosocial theory, like psychosexual theory, divides childhood into five distinct stages. Erikson’s fourth stage of development occurs during primary school years (6-12 years of age), centers on the psychosocial crisis of industry versus inferiority, and runs parallel to latency. During this stage, the superego further adapts to social expectations. Children during this stage learn the… Continue Reading
Dreams: A Cornerstone for Self Potential: Dr. Tom gives his thoughts on the powers that dreams have on our daily lives, and explores ways to use these to promote Self Realized Potential.
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Adolescence emerges from an array of bio-psychosocial factors. While puberty occurs during adolescence, social factors also place increased pressure on children to become more oriented to adult capacities. It is common for adolescents to question the lessons they were taught during early childhood life; cognitively, independent thought comes online in conjunction with the physiological maturation… Continue Reading
Sigmund Freud (1917/1966) developed a theory about autoerotic zones that affect the development of children until early adult life. While Freud’s stage theory ends with the emergence of young adult life, these stages coalesce into an adult personality that is ready to fulfill the primary life task of reproduction. Freud based the theory of autoeroticism… Continue Reading
Dr. Thomas Maples of The Stockton Therapy Network explores depth psychological theories of childhood development.
The Holy Triune explores the archetypal family structure using Jung's analytical theory of archetypes to explore early childhood development.
Childhood consists of a time when the paradoxical pull between a parent’s dreams for their child and the innate destiny a child will pursue spurs the process of development forward. I feel a joy in my heart as I watch my two son’s grow into their own being. When they laugh, my heart grows wider… Continue Reading
Our Archetypal Beginnings explores the initial archetypal themes that drive the psychological development process of individuation from a Jungian perspective.
The History between Hermann Hesse and Carl Jung The psychological theories of Carl Gustav Jung share a common history with the writing of Siddhartha. Hesse (2002) began work on this story in 1919 and completed the first portion of the story by 1920. He then underwent a period of severe writer’s block from which he sought… Continue Reading
I lay the foundation for a lifelong developmental theory based on Carl Jung's theory of individuation as it relates to the archetypal journey of the Buddha.
In this essay, I explore from a depth psychological perspective our growing growing inability to dream, its effects on childhood development, current social woes, and what parents can do to help their children heal during this age of division.