Memorize Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development once and for all! In this video episode I have a little fun using the peg word mnemonic device and ordinary household objects to show how mnemonics work and how to apply them to the challenge of memorizing Erikson’s eight stages.
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Here are the mnemonics I used in the video:
- Bun (Trust vs. Mistrust) a "rust" colored bun
- Shoe (Autonomy vs. Shame) an "auto" shoved inside of a shoe. The auto is driven by "shane"
- Tree (Initiative vs. Guilt) Shia Leboef, or an Inn are sitting in a tree, which is wrapped with a quilt
- Dinosaur (Industry vs. Inferiority) picture a dinosaur with dust (in"dust"try) sprinkled all over it. The dinosaur feels inferior because of the dust all over it.
- Sky dive (Identity vs. Role Confusion) a skydiver's chute doesn't open and he falls on top of a car denting it. He is also very confused after hitting the car.
- Sticks (Intimacy vs. Isolation) picture two sticks in love and one stick all by himself.
- Heaven (Generativity vs. Stagnation) picture a generator up in heaven that died because it ran out of gas and a male deer (stag) pulling the cord to try to get it started again.
- Plate (Integrity vs. Despair) picture grits and a pear on a plate.
You can also download this list in PDF format by clicking here.
Episodes on Mnemonics and Erik Erikson
- Episode 32 on Mnemonics
- Episode 20 on Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development
- Remember not to spell Erikson with an extra c as in Erickson – you’re probably thinking of psychologist Milton Erickson