Certain transitional periods throughout one’s life can be experienced as a crisis. As expanded upon by Erikson in his eight stages of psychosocial development, these transitions can be problematic and painful and impact all genders. Very often during these crises we are required to give up cherished notions and old ways of doing or looking at things. These milestones can demand a lot, including letting go or giving up what we’ve outgrown. Because this process can be excruciating, many may cling to their old patterns of thinking and behaving. However, these crises are developmentally essential, and provide an opportunity to noticeably grow and to experience the joyful sense of rebirth that accompanies the successful transition into greater maturity.
Although, developmental milestones occur throughout the lifespan, three prominent crises are: