Stages of ego development
But our understanding of this stage is more speculative than our understanding of other stages because pre-verbal infants we cannot use sentence completions and instead must rely on inferences based on observations.
They are too immersed in the moment and in their own needs to think or care much about others; instead, they experience the world in egocentric terms, in terms of how things are affecting me.
The fifth stage is the self-aware stage.
For some, development reaches a plateau and does not continue. This is the stage that the ego is typically in during infancy. Locke, does a good job of describing the stages, so I have juts copied the relevant sections from the transcript.
Every stage provides a frame of reference to organize and give meaning to experience over the individual's life course.
Wikipedia: Loevinger termed the next stage "autonomous" 'because it is marked by the freeing of the person from oppressive demands of conscience in the preceding stage'.
At this stage the ego continues to be focused on bodily feelings, basic impulses, and immediate needs.
Ego development in childhood
The fourth with societal and conformist ego formation. Not being particularly good at meeting these needs on their own, however, they are dependent and demanding. They view themselves and others in terms of stereotypes—broad generalizations about what members of certain groups are or are not like. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of the brief symptom inventory among substance abusers. It is possible that specific levels of maternal intelligence may be prerequisite to the attainment of specific levels of ego development. Mean scores for Aggression were within the normal range for mothers across all levels of ego development. Here persons are very much invested in belonging to and obtaining the approval of groups. Now lets get to the ego formation stages themselves: The first stage is the pre-social and symbiotic stage. They tend to not be at the point where they reach much resolution on these issues, but they are thinking about them. Higher levels of psychopathology may have caused mothers to enter treatment where new insights led to upward shifts in ego development. By combining this theoretical framework with Sullivan and Grant's interpersonal maturity continuum, she created the concept of ego development.
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