Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development is one of the best-known theories of personality in psychology. Much like Sigmund Freud, Erikson believed that personality develops in a series of stages. Unlike Freud’s theory of psychosexual stages, Erikson’s theory describes the impact of social experience across the whole lifespan.
One of the main elements of Erikson’s psychosocial stage theory is the develoment of ego identity. Ego identity is the conscious sense of self that we develop through social interaction.According to Erikson, our ego identity is constantly changing due to new experience and information we acquire in our daily interactions with others.
- Erikson's Theory of Psychosocial Development