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Psychology Theories: A Review
A review of the theories of Erikson and Loevinger, generativity theory, script theory and narrative identity theory.
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Published on Dec 30, 2012 in Psychology (Theory)

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This paper reviews Loevingers' theory on the stages of ego development as well as Erikson's theory on the eight stages of psychosocial development. The paper highlights the similarities between these two theories and then looks at the basics of both generativity theory and script theory in psychology. In addition, the paper examines the meaning of narrative identity theory and explains how it addresses lifespan experiences.

From the Paper:

"Loevinger's theory centers on what she described as the stages of ego development. These theories were conceived by Loevinger to help and give some sense of direction and meaning to individual human life. Her main points stressed the idea that as one enters into adulthood, they develop their adult ego which leads to further development of the individuals self awareness.
"The individual further becomes familiar with differences and discrepancies between the conventional ways of doing things and that of individual behavior. Loevinger further theorizes that growth and development in some individuals tend to peak at some point, nevertheless this tendency may continue further to manifest and grow in others.
"The nine stages of ego development according to Loevinger are sequential; this means that each succeeding stage is progressively more complex than the stage before it, as the individual's progress through these stages of ego development, their understanding and comprehension of the world around them also becomes more complex. Loevinger's ego development stages include infancy, impulsive, self-protective, conformist, self-aware, conscientious, individualistic, autonomous, and integrated stages.(Loevinger, 1976)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Loevinger, J. (1976). Ego Development. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • Erikson, H. (1959) Identity and the Life Cycle New York: International Universities Press,
  • Epstein, R. (1996). Cognition, Creativity, and Behavior: Selected Essays. Praeger. P 121-135
  • Tomkins, Silvan.(1978)"Script Theory: Differential Magnification of Affects." Nebraska Symposium On Motivation" Ed. Richard A. Deinstbier(1979). University of Nebraska Press, 201-236.
  • Singer, A.(2004) "Narrative Identity and Meaning Making Across the Adult Lifespan": Journal of Personality 72:3.

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