Erik Erikson was a developmental psychologist who specialized in child psychoanalysis and was best known for his theory of psychosocial development.

According to Erikson, a person passes through eight developmental stages during their lifetimes that build on each other., five of which are experienced during childhood. At each stage a crisis is faced. By resolving the crisis, we develop psychological strengths or character traits that help us become confident and healthy people.

Erikson’s theory is still relevant today as it was when developed over 70 years ago. As a parent, Erikson believed you play an important role in your child’s mastery of these challenges. He believed that the first stage trust vs mistrust was the most important period in a person’s life because it shapes one’s view of the world