The eighth and last stage of Erikson’s psychosocial development theory is ego-integrity vs. despair. According to Erikson, this stage is characterized by a retrospective examination of an individual’s life choices and accomplishments. Consequently, an individual may embrace the life they have lived as worthwhile, leading to ego-integrity. On the other hand, an individual disappointed in their lives may be discontented and unable to accept their deficiencies, resulting in despair (Orenstein & Lewis, 2020). However, there are several achievements during early adulthood and middle adulthood to ensure that an individual leads a fruitful life. Nonetheless, it is crucial to prioritize social and emotional needs rather than physical desires like wealth.
On that account, the first step that I will take to limit despair during my final stage of psychosocial development is sustaining a positive social and interdependent relationship with my friends, family, and siblings. Young adulthood is a stage where individuals start perceiving their parents as people with needs instead of providers (Maree, 2021). Unfortunately, most individuals live complex lifestyles, limiting them from sharing precious moments with their parents or siblings. Nonetheless, family bonds and providing for their family whenever they need help can substantially improve life satisfaction and the feeling of achievement.
Similarly, it is crucial to set and reach for attainable life goals without using wealth and riches as indicators of success. These days, most people dream of living expensive and luxurious lifestyles, allowing them to spend on flashy items and everything they desire. Sadly, wealth and riches do not always bring happiness. Thus, I plan to build long-lasting personal bonds in social and romantic relationships. Finding a reliable life partner can alleviate several issues in life and assure a shoulder to lean on in times of crisis. Eventually, I hope I will not regret my decisions and experience despair.
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