Write 7 pages thesis on the topic knowledge and wisdom from childhood experiences. Although my development as a student is still not complete, I believe that I would be able to help other people with the knowledge and wisdom I have gained over the years through my various life experiences.
I was born on August 21, 1983, in Guam and my earliest memory of my childhood was playing with my siblings in front of our small house. I have four sisters and three brothers and I am the third oldest among my siblings. Financially, we were poor and therefore my family lived on the support provided by the federal government. I remember, as a child, I always had to forgo things that I desired because of our financial limitations. That was not all. I and my siblings also had to face several challenges that came from the home front. Both my parents were addicted to alcohol and drugs. This combination of living in poverty and my parent’s addiction to drugs and alcohol resulted in a lot of fights and arguments in the house between my parents and also between my parents and my siblings. This challenge increased further when one day my parents decided to get separated. Therefore, a large part of my childhood was spent in a single-parent home.
In the following pages, I will try to analyze my life concerning the eight stages of social skills development as identified by Erik Erikson’s theory of psychosocial development. Each of these stages is characterized by specific developmental achievements, which act as a turning point in the development of an individual (Cherry, n.d.).
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Erikson identifies the first stage, which is seen from birth to 18 months, as the oral-sensory phase wherein a child learns to trust his/her caregiver (Heffner, 2001). Although I can hardly recollect any experience before I was 18 months old, my older siblings have mentioned that we grew up trusting and caring for each other. Although my development as a student is still not complete, I believe that I would be able to help other people with the knowledge and wisdom I have gained over the years through my various life experiences.