Erikson’s sixth stage of psychosocial development occurs during age 20-30 years old.
Intimacy is becoming emotionally and psychologically close to someone, while still maintaining a sense of one’s self. There are different types of intimacy, such as close friendships or romantic relationships. Successful completion of this stage can lead to comfortable relationships and a sense of commitment within a relationship. Adults who do not develop a positive sense of self and identity in adolescence may experience feelings of loneliness and emotional isolation during early adulthood.
Intimate, romantic relationships are the highlight of this stage of development. Successful completion of this stage can lead to comfortable relationships and a sense of commitment within a relationship. Avoiding intimacy, or fearing commitment and relationships can result in isolation and loneliness. Success in this stage will lead to the virtue of love.
If we are able to develop romantic relationships, then we are often able to grow to develop a feeling of love for the people with which we are in those relationships.
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