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Loevinger's Stages of Ego Development
Jane Loevinger's 9 Stages of Ego development and their characteristics
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Psychology
04/09/2011

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SYMBIOTIC
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Goal is to differentiate self from non-self
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IMPULSIVE
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Works toward autonomy by satisfying impulses. (ie going to the bathroom by themselves, feeding themselves, dressing themselves)
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SELF-PROTECTIVE
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Understands and obeys rules, but only for selfish reasons; "Don't get caught!"
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CONFORMIST
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Obeys rules because other people do as well; goal is to fit in with group.
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SELF-AWARE
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Understands rules aren't always firm; develops ideal (vs. actual) self.
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CONSCIENTIOUS
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Understnads abstract morality; bases behavior on personal standard.
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INDIVIDUALISTIC
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Increased understanding of different perspectives of others ("I get that you're view is different, but I think it's wrong.")
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AUTONOMOUS
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Awareness of others' need for autonomy; aware of inner conflicts. ("You're different and you are that way for your own reasons. Your view may be right, mine may be wrong.")
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INTEGRATED
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Integrated whole; appreciation (not just tolerance) for others' perspectives.