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Erikson's Phychosocial Roles In The Film Harold And Maude

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Positive reinforcement works by presenting something positive to the person after a desired behavior is exhibited, making the behavior more likely to happen in the future (McAdams, 2009). An example of this could be when a child helps their mother with the dishes and the mothers rewards the child with ice cream. Negative reinforcement, is when a behavior is strengthened by stopping, removing or avoiding a negative outcome or aversive stimulus (McAdams, 2009). An example of this could be when the light goes green at a traffic light, the car in front of a person does not move. The person hates when this happens and from experience knows that honking the car’s horn gets cars that are in front of them to go
Harold’s persistent “suicides” can be
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Two of them can be seen specifically in Harold, identity vs. role confusion and intimacy vs. isolation. Identity vs. role confusion is the psychosocial stage of development that Erikson said that adolescents go through. Identity in this stage of development is usually seen when adolescent define who they are and figure out what they value and direction in life. This can also be seen in personal relationships, sexual orientation, and ideals in adolescents (McAdams, 2009). Role confusion can be seen if an adolescent has lack of direction and definition of self or they seem unprepared for adulthood (McAdams, 2009). Harold can be seen to have role confusion throughout the movie. Harold does not seem to have a specific direction that he wants to take his life, other than faking suicides and attending strangers funerals. Harold seems extremely unprepared for adulthood, he shows no signs of looking for a job or a way to make money, he still acts rather childish, as his mother puts it. The only real self definition that Harold that could be seen as identity, is that he is preoccupied with…show more content…
despair is the psychosocial stage of development that can be seen from ages 65 to death. Ego integrity is when an adult feels a sense of fulfillment about life and accepts death as an unavoidable reality. Despair is when individuals who do not have the feeling of fulfillment and completeness. They often will despair and fear death (McAdams, 2009). Maude fits into the ego integrity part of this stage. Maude knows who she is and has enjoyed her life to the fullest. She feels fulfilled by the way she lives her life and she literally welcomes death with open arms. On Maude’s 80th birthday, she takes an overdose of pills to end her life because she does not want to live life as an old
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