Intimacy vs. Isolation: Psychosocial Stage 6. Forming intimate relationships with other people

Intimacy vs. Isolation: Psychosocial Stage 6. Forming intimate relationships with other people

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Steven Gans, MD is board-certified in psychiatry and it is a supervisor that is active instructor, and mentor at Massachusetts General Hospital.

  • Overview
  • Trust vs. Mistrust
  • Autonomy vs. Shame and Question
  • Initiative vs. Guilt
  • Industry vs. Inferiority
  • Identification vs. Confusion
  • Intimacy vs. Isolation
  • Generativity vs. Stagnation
  • Integrity vs. Despair

Intimacy versus isolation could be the sixth phase of Erik Erikson’s concept of psychosocial development.

This phase occurs during young adulthood amongst the many years of around 19 and 40. The major conflict centers on forming intimate, loving relationships with other people during this period. Triumph during this period contributes to relationships that are fulfilling. Failure, having said that, can lead to emotions of loneliness and isolation. Continue reading “Intimacy vs. Isolation: Psychosocial Stage 6. Forming intimate relationships with other people”