Carl Jung, Psychosocial Development, and Early Adult Life

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


Siddhartha Gautama & Consummating Early Adult Life: An Analytical Development Theory

As an adolescent, Siddhartha pursued asceticism. Having found a community of like minded individuals, Siddhartha began to form an intact identity that he could present to others. Through the development of this identity, Siddhartha began to test his resolve and undertake increasingly difficult tasks associated with Self-abnegation. As an initiate amongst the ascetics, Siddhartha met… Continue Reading


Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha & Psychoanalytic Perspectives of Childhood Development

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