Erik Erikson was a psychoanalyst who provided an alternative psychodynamic view in his theory of psychosocial development, which emphasizes our social interaction with other people. In Eriksons view, society and culture both challenge and shape us. Ericksons theory suggests that developmental change occurs throughout our lives in 8 distinct stages. Fieldman, Robert S. (2007). Child Development. New Jersey: Pearson Education, Inc.