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According to Erik Erikson’s theory of Psychosocial Development, an individual goes through eight distinct developmental stages from infancy to adulthood. Erikson theory suggest that during these stages an individual must face and cope with a central psychosocial crisis. He believed during each psychosocial crisis individuals experience a conflict that serves as a turning point in their development. Erikson viewed these conflicts as being centered on the ability to develop a psychosocial quality of each stage. According to the theory, successful completion of each stage results in a healthy personality and the acquisitions of basic virtues. Failing to successfully complete a stage can result in a reduced ability to complete further stages. During Erikson eight stages the potential for personal growth is high as well as the potential for failure.

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