Analysis Of My Virtual Life Simulation

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Proper childhood development is sometimes very difficult to achieve, whether it is your first or fifth child, there are some obstacles to be faced along the way. Somewhere, on the journey of development, we make mistakes. During My Virtual Life Simulation, I utilized Erickson’s stages of personality development theory to raise my child, Peanut. This theory is based on crises derived from conflicts. According to Erickson, one faces subsequent stages of conflict resolution during development, which leads to moving on to the next stage, whether one has resolved the conflict successfully or not (Feldman, 2017, p. 289-291). In this paper, I will describe the difference in development from the age of 0-18 with my child, Peanut, who was unsuccessful…show more content…
From 0-1 years old, Peanut wasn’t responding well to others. Peanut was often suspicious of her environment because she was coddled too much by me. I always chose to comfort and cocoon Peanut whenever she was upset, crying, or being stubborn, and I never let anyone else take care of her. Because of my decisions, Peanut rarely trusted herself. This assumes that she did not resolve the trust vs. mistrust conflict successfully. However, I was not treated the same way. My mother did not shield me from the world, which resulted in me trusting my surroundings, and myself. From 1-3 years old, Peanut believed it was not okay to be herself. Peanut frequently had a sense of doubt. I put her in a daycare and if she did not receive a good report from her teachers, I would scold her and demand she behaves a certain way. She frequently had an external locus of control. This assumes that she did not resolve the autonomy vs. shame & doubt conflict successfully. My mother did not make the same decisions while raising me. I could exert control over the world because I knew it was okay to be myself. My mother often approved me exercising choice and self-restraint whenever the chance arose; I could choose how much ice cream and toppings I wanted after dinner. From 3-6 years old, Peanut thought it was not okay for her to do, move, and act. She could not initiate activities with other children and habitually became so…show more content…
She will not establish a stable foundation and will never feel contempt with her life. The simulation did support this theory because her yearly reports matched the unfavorable outcomes resulting from unsuccessfully resolving each conflict. The outcome of my conflict resolution suggests that I am developing successfully and if I remain on this track, I will encounter happiness many times throughout my life. My opinion of this theory is that there are more deciding factors to proper development and it is never as simple as solving a

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