Ch 3: Theories of Identity Formation & Social Development

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Let us help you beef up your knowledge of theories of identity formation and social development. Examine the theories of Erikson, Freud, Skinner, Adler and others.

Theories of Identity Formation & Social Development - Chapter Summary

Our experts put together these text and video lessons on theories of identity formation and social development. Find out about the differences and analysis of Freud and Erikson's approaches to psychoanalytic theory. Take a look at B.F. Skinner's impact on education, Alfred Adler's thoughts on personality development, and moral development in adolescence according to Kohlberg. Discover the humanistic theory of Carl Rogers. Additional topics discussed in the lessons in this chapter include:

  • Overview of Erikson's Stages of Identity Formation
  • Overview of B.F. Skinner's and Carl Rogers' theories
  • Summary of Alfred Adler's theories
  • The influences of Erich Fromm on social development
  • Family systems according to Murray Bowen
  • Theory of development of Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems

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12 Lessons in Chapter 3: Theories of Identity Formation & Social Development
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Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

1. Erikson's Stages of Psychosocial Development: Theory & Examples

How do we form identities as we age and grow? To answer this question, Erik Erikson came up with eight stages of identity formation that revolve around conflict and resolution. Who are you, and who will you become after completing this lesson?

Freud and Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences & Analysis

2. Freud and Erikson's Approaches to Psychoanalytic Theory: Differences & Analysis

Differentiate between Freud's and Erikson's approaches to psychoanalytic theory in this lesson. You will examine and compare developmental stages side by side and have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a quiz at the end.

B.F. Skinner's Theories: Overview

3. B.F. Skinner's Theories: Overview

B.F. Skinner was a psychologist who had a profound impact on the development of behaviorism and our understanding of the function of rewards and punishments. Learn about Skinner's theories and how his discoveries may be impacting your day-to-day life in this lesson.

B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

4. B.F. Skinner: Theories & Impact on Education

What does candy have to do with learning and behavior? In this lesson, we'll examine the theories of psychologist B.F. Skinner, including behavioral modification and educational applications of his behavioral learning theories.

Carl Rogers' Theories: Overview

5. Carl Rogers' Theories: Overview

Carl Rogers was a leading figure in the development of humanism and one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century. Read on to learn more about his contributions to therapy, education and peace activism.

Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

6. Carl Rogers' Humanistic Theory and Psychotherapy

Carl Rogers is often credited with being one of the most influential psychologists of the 20th century with contributions that include client-centered therapy, self-actualization, and the theory of self.

Alfred Adler's Theories: Overview & Summary

7. Alfred Adler's Theories: Overview & Summary

Alfred Adler's psychoanalytic theory of individual psychology has had a large impact. This lesson will provide a brief overview, explain key concepts, and explore the therapeutic technique used by Adler.

Alfred Adler on Personality Development

8. Alfred Adler on Personality Development

Psychologists have different opinions about what shapes someone's personality. In this lesson, we'll explore the theories of Alfred Adler, including the effects of inferiority complex, parenting styles, and birth order on personality.

Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development in Adolescence

9. Kohlberg's Theory of Moral Development in Adolescence

The way people think about what is right and what is wrong changes as they grow up. Watch this lesson to find out about Lawrence Kohlberg's theory of moral development, including what it is and its main stages of morality.

Erich Fromm's Social Development Theories & Influences

10. Erich Fromm's Social Development Theories & Influences

In this lesson, we will discuss the social development theories of Erich Fromm, as well as identify the influence that Sigmund Freud and Karl Marx had on Fromm's theories.

Murray Bowen's Family Systems Theory

11. Murray Bowen's Family Systems Theory

Unless you were raised by wolves, your family has an influence on you. Murray Bowen's family systems theory looks at people in the context of their family relationships. In this lesson, we'll look at some key concepts for family systems theory.

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

12. Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Systems Theory of Development: Definition & Examples

Learn about Bronfenbrenner's ecological systems theory in this lesson and explore the five levels of the environment that can influence human development.

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