Rilang Chen Sminer126G Teddy Chocos September 15, 2014 Stages of life Life time is like a straight line, it only goes one way. Erik Erikson cuts this line and lets them signify different life period such as infancy, early childhood, preschool, school age, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood and maturity. After read his psychosocial stages summary chart which explains different ages period have different basic conflict, important events and outcome, I have a better understanding about problems that people who is from different ages are facing. Especially, I have a better understanding about myself and my age period. In my opinion, the Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages Summary Chart is good enough to be a summary chart, and it is reasonable and logical. However, it can’t cover all the cases in real life. There is a Chinese phrase says that a child from poor family will early become the brace of family. It means that a poor environment would force people to quickly adapt it and become more mature, otherwise people would be eliminated. This phrase also fixes in with someone’s life such as people who from the third world. The real life or people is much complicated than what the chart is showing to us. On the other hand, the Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages Summary Chart perfectly describes how the society value the young labor force from people who is young age. And it is showing that ability is an important part in human development. If I have a chance to choose a stage to be in, I would choose the infancy. Because infancy means anything is possible, my future could be anything. People always say time is money or time is precious. That is why infant is most valuable in our society, even in animal world, infants are always protected by elders. However, infants mentally and physically are the weakest in all the stages, and they don’t have any experiences about problems which relate to society or financial condition. Anyway, comparing with other stages, infants still have a lot of time to learn and increase their abilities, and stand on the shoulder of giants then finish the goals which the elders missed. Personally, I don’t like to be maturity, because I like to keep myself alive and young. In the Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages Summary Chart, it shows that older adults should reflect their life. For me, I don’t have any time to look back, especially, in the end of life, time is much valuable at that time. If we have time to look back or regret, we should use them to finish the things we haven’t done. In my opinion, reflection is for people who already died, so they might have a lot of time to think about themselves and take a long rest. Different societies have different expectation about what people should do in different ages. For example, during war time, teens are expected to join in the army and protect their country, but in a peaceful age, teens are expected to study in school and increase the abilities. Moreover, different families or different cultures have different values. For example, a child who is from an athletic family is expected to be an athlete, so academic knowledge might not be so necessary for him. On the other hand, some cultures extremely value knowledge from books, so people who live with this culture might not be very flexible or agile. In our life, society or world, people should be diversified no matter what age they are. Only people are being themselves could make this world more balanced.