Phychosocial Stages Of Psychology: Sexuality Vs. Spirituality

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A) Sexuality vs Spirituality Immediately following Protestant church service during Beast, I ran up six flights in Ike, collapsed into my room, and had the hugest anxiety attack that I have had in a while. I felt torn, about where I belong on the spiritual spectrum with God because I am bisexual. I have that in bold because I am in self-denial and I have a hard time believing that I can have a relationship with God while being bisexual. If I went to a regular college, I would most likely not have to deal with this inner conflict of my spirituality and sexuality because I would not feel the need to be closer to God the way I do here at West Point. Here at West Point, I have an urge to seek God because it is so stressful physically, emotionally, …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that they are in self-denial and have a hard time believing they can have relationship with god while being bisexual. at west point, they have an urge to seek god.
  • Explains that sabrina charles was born and raised in chula vista, california, with her aunt, grandma, and biological mother while her father resided in new jersey.
  • Explains that they went to military boarding school and the united states military academy preparatory school, where they discovered that their sexuality was not ‘normal’.
  • Explains that they had a spirituality challenge before writing this paper, and realized that the main challenge was about their connection with god.
  • Analyzes how their firstie mentor gave them a spiritual perspective on their former challenge. he didn't mention their sexuality, but empathized with not feeling worthy enough for god.
  • Explains erik erikson's psychosocial model, which implies that one can develop a healthy identity of oneself if each crisis in each stage is resolved.
  • Explains that trust vs. mistrust is an essential period in a child's life because it is directly dependent on how the caregiver tends to the child.
  • Explains that identity vs. role confusion occurs during middle childhood and adolescence.
  • Explains that they had to hide who they were because if the girls found out about their interest in girls, it could have ruined the dynamic of our environment.
  • Explains that they have not been encouraged or reinforced during this stage.

His psychosocial stages are categorized based on age (approximation of years), the major psychosocial crisis at that age, and “captures several major childhood issues” in general (Passer, Smith 430). Erikson’s psychosocial model implies that one can develop a healthy identity of oneself if each crisis in each stage is resolved. If each stage is not successfully resolved, social developmental issues are bound to develop in the individual. The eight stages that he developed are basic trust vs. basic mistrust, autonomy vs. shame and doubt, initiative vs. guilt, industry vs. inferiority, and identity vs. role confusion, intimacy v. isolation, generativity vs stagnation, and integrity vs despair. The stages that most closely relate to my challenge are Stage 1, trust vs. mistrust, and Stage 5, Identity vs. Role …show more content…

Role Confusion occurs during middle childhood (6-12) and adolescence (12-19) respectively. Identity vs. Role confusion is a psychosocial crisis stage in which the adolescent begins to question who he is and what he believes in. I cannot say that I have a full sense of identity because I am confused about my role and in who I am supposed to be. My role confusion began when I went to military boarding school my junior year as I started to “experiment” with girls. At first, I did not think much of it because I just thought of my actions as platonic and not romantic, and for some reason, that made it ok for me not to reflect on. Then, I thought I fell in love with my best friend. I was so confused and every time I brought her home, I felt like I was lying to my father, who is

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