Stage: Infancy (0-1.5 years old) Developmental Outcome: Trust Personal Description: When I was born, a necessity I required was food. My parents were the ones who had to give me the food I needed. Whenever I would cry, my mom or dad would have to respond and feed me. This allowed me to build up a sense of trust with my parents as I knew from then on, whatever I needed and whenever I needed it, my parents would be there for me. With the support from my parents, I then knew that the world is a safe place and that I would be protected.
Stage: Toddler (1.5 years old-3.5 years old) Development Outcome: Autonomy Personal Description: Around the age of 2, my parents began potty training me. After a few long months, a lot of reinforcement, and a lot of candy and bribing, I was able to use the bathroom on my own. Through this, I also gained another level of dependency with my parents as they helped me throughout the journey. This aided me to be more independent because at the beginning, I needed help. However, as my journey went on, I was eventually able to master my task of, using the bathroom by myself. In addition, with my parents’ support, I never doubted myself about what I could or couldn’t do as they provided me with a lot of comfort. Due to being given many chances throughout my journey, I never developed any senses of doubt.
YAY! I DID IT!
Stage: Preschool (3.5-6 years old) Developmental Outcome: Initiative Personal Development: At the age of 4, I proceeded to learn how to ride a bike. Through watching my older role models ride their bikes, I thought it was an amazing process and wished to do so myself! With the help of my family, and my own perseverance, I eventually learned how to do so. Even though I failed multiple times because it was a hard procedure of pedalling and maintaining balance, with my determination, I knew I wanted to learn how to ride a bike. Additionally, I took the initiative to continue working at my goal until I succeeded. Being given the freedom of exploring my desires and goals, I learned that there is much more to the world that what I am exposed to. This has taught me to step out of my comfort zone to look into other things in my life.
Stage: School-age (6-12 years old) Developmental Outcome: Industry Personal Description: During the years of middle school, I was a part of the school basketball team. While practicing with the team, I was able to learn and acquire new skills. When I first joined the school’s basketball team, I had no skill whatsoever, I could not even shoot a basket. But with the assistance of the coach and my friends, I was granted the position of point guard. During my first game, I discovered that as a team, the players must work together in order to make accomplishments happen. We must persevere through the hard times and work together as a team to win. This has taught me that with practice and perseverance, whatever you set your mind at is possible.
Stage: Adolescence (11-18 years old) Developmental Outcome: Role Confusion Personal Description: Now that I am in the middle of my adolescent stage of life, I have to work and develop of my social skills. Since I don’t have a fixed group of friends at the moment, I am still trying to discover who I am and who I want to be around. I am facing an identity crisis. I am constantly changing the way I look, and the activities I participate in just to get a better sense of where I stand in society as well as, what people think of me. My parents are no longer a major cause as to what I choose to do, my peers and the media are now who I turn to when I make a new decision. However, I need to learn who I am quickly otherwise, I may face role confusion and/or chaos in the future.