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Erikson’s Theory of Psychosocial Development: A case of Ivan L. Moody

Ivan L. Moody, currently 31, was born in 1980 in Denver. He studied in Alameda and Chatfield high schools and proceeded to Drake and Oberon for his middle education.  Other than being the guide vocalist for his band, he is an actor and has starred in films such as The Devil’s Carnival as well as Bled. He ventured in music after joining the Toiz band and later the nu metal band Motograzer before joining the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch.

Trust versus Mistrust

According to Gines (n.d), human life involves linkages and interactions among people. Ivan grew up around his mother as the father had been jailed for manslaughter. His understanding of the world revolved around his interaction with the mother; who did not give him and his brother the best of an upbringing. His basic needs were not adequately satisfied. This led to mistrust, as he did not learn adults dependency and reliability. In addition, it impacted his life as a grown up thus he engaged in fights, underage performances as well as indulgence in alcoholism.

Autonomy versus Shame and Doubt

Ivans L. Moody ventured out to affirm his will. With time, he could feed himself and try things in his environment. He had developed self-sufficiency and the mother provided a strong sense of security for him. However, the absence of the father provided a security loophole that served him negatively.  Shaffer and Kipp (2010) cited that failure of independence leads to doubt and shame.

Initiative versus guilt

At this stage, understanding and proper planning adds quality on the duties executed. For example, the child understands to speak and count and is capable of completing some tasks. When the activities do not materialize as expected, guilt is in most cases anticipated. Moreover, the child faces the sophistications of planning and developing logic of judgment. It is at this stage that Ivans L. Moody developed leadership skills helping him lead his band in achieving their set goals and objectives. This has gone a long way in achieving the best out of his music and acting career. Just like any other child, he developed negative mannerisms when he was not able to achieve his intended results. This can be manifested in aggressive habits he has in his life.

Industry versus Inferiority

Children get to know and understand themselves further. Practicality and cognitive development particular to this age group emerge. The child reasons, shares and cooperates depending on the situation demands. Moral values are developed as well as independence that may lead to rebellious behaviors to disobedience. At this stage, Ivans L. Moody  realized his musical talents and as he progressed with his academics, interests in this talent grew deeper. The fact that his mother gave him room to discover his talents impacted motivation and boosted his self-esteem.

Identity versus Role Confusion

 A concern on appearance and image issues develop which boost appearance. Issues resulting from this stage led Ivans L.Moody to hold a performance while an underage. He was asked to leave immediately after the show. He had developed so much confidence, and therefore nothing was to stand between him and his dream.

Intimacy versus Isolation

 During this stage, Ivan has been able to blend well with friends and as a result, he marries. He is hurt after his marriage breaks. He is knows and understands pain arising from rejections. When his ego cannot bear the pain, he turns to alcoholism and almost ruins his music career.

Generativity versus Stagnation

Ivans L. Moody has done so much to make his life count. This has been manifested in the fact that he has achieved so much in his music career. He is a father to three children and has influenced so many young people to growing in different careers.


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