Life Span Theory Of Marriage And Partnership Essay

770 Words Jun 10th, 2016 4 Pages
Marriage and partnership in marriage have always been one of the goals throughout human development in many culture. This idea is strongly promoted from various culture, beliefs and especially mass media. We can see its positive portrait in many pop culture products such as romantic movies, commercials, songs, etc. However, the effects of culture and beliefs toward the ideal of marriage are one of the most influential factors, or even the strongest factor, that affect the existence of this idea in human history.
Even though marriage and partnership are portrayed with a wide range of age, young adulthood is clearly the key period in this respect and marriages are mostly occur during young adulthood when an individual’s life starts to become stable. As the results, Erik Erickson came up with the theory of intimacy vs. isolation which refers to “the challenge to unite the newly formed identity with another person in an enduring, committed, intimate relationship” (Arnett, 2016). In his life-span theory, Erickson stressed that each stage has its own center issue that each individual need to overcome, and intimacy vs. isolation is the emotional and psychosocial issue that young adults need to face with (Arnett, 2016). Additionally, Arnett also mentioned that forming a healthy intimacy relationship does not mean that we have to lose our self-identity and emerge with our partner’s identity (Arnett, 2016).
Erickson’s theory is parallel with what the data I collected from three…

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