I was with my ex from the time I was 18 to 26 years old. We were a match. We had an unspeakable connection. We were more than companions, we were best friends. External circumstances played a part in our split. I had to have enough courage to break my own heart. Willingly walk away from a man who was compassionate, sensitive, competent and listened. It was difficult not to love everything he did and stand in awe at the everlasting patience he had. When I decided to end the relationship, I had zero support from my family. To this day, I believe they would give him a kidney if he needed one. In an effort to seek support, I started to see a psychologist. My greatest take-away from that experience was the theory of personality by Erik Erikson.
Erikson proposed a lifespan model of development. There are 8 stages…
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