Comparison of Freud’s Psychosexual and
Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages
Comparison of Freud’s Psychosexual and Erikson’s Psychosocial
Period of Life
First year of life
Sucking at mother’s breasts satisfies need for food and pleasure.
Infant needs to get basic nurturing, or later feelings of greediness
and acquisitiveness may develop. Oral fixations result from
deprivation of oral gratification in infancy. Later personality
problems can include mistrust of others, rejecting others; love,
and fear of or inability to form intimate relationships.
Infancy: Trust versus mistrust
If significant others provide for basic physical and emotional
needs, infant develops a sense of trust. If basic needs are not met,
an attitude of mistrust toward the world, especially toward
interpersonal relationships, is the result.