Episode 68: Mnemonic Device for Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development

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:

  1. Bun (Trust vs. Mistrust) a "rust" colored bun
  2. Shoe (Autonomy vs. Shame) an "auto" shoved inside of a shoe. The auto is driven by "shane"
  3. Tree (Initiative vs. Guilt) Shia Leboef, or an Inn are sitting in a tree, which is wrapped with a quilt
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Sticks (Intimacy vs. Isolation) picture two sticks in love and one stick all by himself.
  7. 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.
  8. Plate (Integrity vs. Despair) picture grits and a pear on a plate.

You can also download this list in PDF format by clicking here.

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106 thoughts on “Episode 68: Mnemonic Device for Erikson’s Eight Stages of Development

  1. Thank you so much!! I've come across this soooo many times in my academic career
    and I just have not been able to make it stick! now desperate for help while studying for my nclex I am looking up mnemonics for basically everything and this really does work!! thank you so much for making this fun video!! wish I had found it YEARS ago! I do wish you had included the 'ages' that correlated with each stage.

  2. It would help those better to actually act it out, draw or physical activities related to the video to remember. Memorizing by experience is what helps me best and I’m sure others can find it helpful to use other helpful ways to remember other them visual or audio. It was a funny video and I know that can also help remember quite a bit. Thank you.

  3. It worked! I remember all of them now. Now I must resist giggling to myself due to my funny imagery during exams :)
    Thanks for this very helpful and fun video.

  4. No problem. I get your reaction all the time – people don’t think it’ll work because it’s silly. Doesn’t matter how silly mnemonics are – they simply work.

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