Episode 21: Erikson’s Eight Stages of Life

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Want to learn more about Erik Erikson‘s eight stages of life? In this episode I describe each stage and give examples. We take a stroll through the various phases of life: from childhood, to adolescence, into mid-life and then we listen to two interesting voices of men nearing the end of their lives and they do so with very different perspectives John Wayne and Roy.

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Shakespeare describes the stages of life in his “All the World’s A Stage” speech from “As You Like It.”

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players,
They have their exits and entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.
Then, the whining schoolboy with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress’ eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon’s mouth. And then the justice
In fair round belly, with good capon lin’d,
With eyes severe, and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws, and modern instances,
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slipper’d pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose, and pouch on side,
His youthful hose well sav’d, a world too wide,
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again towards childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.

    • Click here to go to StoryCorps where you’ll find lots of interesting interviews with regular folks of all ages.
    • Click here to go to the page on Archive.org where you can hear the original recording of John Wayne.

3 Comments on “Episode 21: Erikson’s Eight Stages of Life”

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    age is a funny thing looks like we are more optermistic when we’re younger and slowly we realize we cant be rockkstars and eventualy our options run out as we age

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