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Intimacy vs. Isolation
Transcript of Intimacy vs. Isolation
Tyler Springer The End An unsuccessful transition through stage 6 is considered to be an unbalanced between intimacy and isolation.
Identity (stage 5) influences isolation. Without a personal identity the person will not find a committed relationship.
Failed attempts at intimacy can lead to exclusion (rejecting relationships and those who have them), promiscuity (getting too close too quick and not sustaining it), or depression.
When a person passes unsuccessfully through a psychosocial crisis stage they develop a tendency toward one or other of the opposing forces, which then becomes a behavioral tendency or even a mental problem.
Many people often refer to this outcome as someone’s “baggage” or “hang-ups”
Extreme tendency toward the first (syntonic) disposition- Maladaptation
Extreme tendency toward the second (dystonic) disposition- Malignancy In this stage, the most important events are love relationships.
Intimacy refers to one's ability to relate to another human being on a deep, personal level.
An individual who has not developed a sense of identity usually will fear a committed relationship and may retreat into isolation.
It is important to mention that having a sexual relationship does not indicate intimacy.
People can be sexually intimate without being committed and open with another.
True intimacy requires personal commitment.
However, mutual satisfaction will increase the closeness of people in a true intimate relationship. The young adult must develop intimate relationships with others.
He/she must be willing to be open and committed to another individual.
Erikson believed that a strong sense of personal identity was important for developing intimate relationships.
Adult individuals can form close relationships and share with others if they have achieved that sense of identity.
ex: Giving and sharing with an individual without asking what will be received in return. Successful Intimacy Sources: Age: young adult (19-40 years)
Major Question: "Will I be loved or will I be alone?"
Basic Virtue: Love
Important Event(s): Romantic Relationships Intimacy Isolation http://psychology.about.com/od/psychosocialtheories/a/psychosocial_3.htm http://web.cortland.edu/andersmd/erik/stage6.html