Individual Development Analysis
Benjamin is a 55 year old successful businessman, who is considered as a perfect role model within his locality. One major way through which Benjamin developed a conscious sense of self was through social interaction, which is a continuous process throughout life. Benjamin’s social interaction was mainly between him and his family, relatives, friends and peers. An issue referred to as ego identity. According to Erikson, ego identity is constantly changing depending on an individual’s new interactions as well as information gathered on a daily basis. However, a sense of competence also motivates an individual to develop particular actions and behaviors. This is because, at every stage of his life, Benjamin was concerned with gaining competence in a specific area of life, particularly his academics and career. It is for this reason that Benjamin was able to excel in life because he was able to handle this stage well, thereby attaining a sense of mastery which is also referred to as ego quality or ego strength.