scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 2,038
Once Upon a Psychological Theory Many parents read fairy tales to their children Young people are able to use their imaginations while listening to these fantastical stories Filled with dragons witches damsels in distress and heroes these tales stay in the mind children for years to come However these young listeners are getting much more than a happy ending Fairy tales such as The Goose Girl The Three Little Pigs Cinderella and Snow White one can find theories of psychology Erik Eriksons theories of social development as well as Sigmund Freuds theory of the map of the mind and his controversial Oedipal complex can be found in many fairy tales Within every fairy tale there lies a hidden lesson in psychology In 1963 psychoanalyst Erik Erikson developed one of the most comprehensive theories of social development The theory centers around eight stages of psychological development One of the stages autonomy versus shame and doubt occurs between the ages of one and a half and three years old In this stage toddlers develop independence if freedom and exploration are encouraged Autonomy itself means having control over oneself At any given moment our behavior including this sense autonomy is influenced by the outer environment and our inner psychological state Restak 268 If they are overly restricted and protected they develop shame Shame is the estrangement of being exposed and conscious of being looked at disapprovingly of wishing to bury ones face or sink into the ground Blake 115 The key to developing autonomy over shame and doubt lies in the amount of control If parents control their children too much the children will not be able to develop their own sense of control in the environment around them However if the parents provide too little control the children will become overly demanding Gaining autonomy from ones parents is the topic of a once famous Brothers Grimm story The Goose Girl The story is of a beautiful princess
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA