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. By the way, the correct spelling of Erik Erikson’s does indeed leave out the “c”, so remember NOT to spell his name as “Erickson”.
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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