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Erikson formulated many different, but sequential stages in human development. The first is the "trust versus mistrust" stage. This occurs in the first year of child's life, with the infant gaining a sense of trust. Responsive and sensitive caregivers meet their basic needs. Lori was treated well by her parents as an infant. She also developed within the following stages successfully. Stage two is "autonomy versus shame & doubt", which occurs in the second year of infancy. Infants start to find that they can complete small without the caregiver's assistance. This stage takes place during early childhood between the ages of three and five. Infants are likely to gain a sense of shame and doubt, resulting from encounters with the social world and new responsibilities. Stage four, is the "industry versus inferiority". Children go through this stage between the ages of six years old until reaching puberty. The child is enthusiastic during this time, and focuses their energy towards learning, but problems can happen. Some children can feel incompetent and non-productive. Lori developed through this stage successfully by participating in activities and even being the class clown. Stage five is called "identity versus identity confusion". Starting at adolescence (ages 10 to 20), everyone is faced with finding the "true self" and direction for the future. This is where Lori begins to feel different. Lori began to hear voices and felt different from other people. She k
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- Lori described the experience, "It was awful. They had taken away big chunks or my life" ...
- she lives in an apartment that she calls, "a beautiful place".
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