Doing The Right Thing and Erikson’s Theory

November 11, 2011 by Galen Thor  
Published in Friendship

It has not always been easy doing the right thing. So why should we strive to be in goody two-shoes? What are the benefits of being moral?

1.     Happiness! (integrity vs. despair)

In the long run, doing the best of what we can leads to self –contentment and integrity, therefore, happiness. In relation to a Erikson’s theory of sociocultural development, people tend to achieve integrity especially on the later part of their life when they think that they have achieved significantly. Therefore, if one is bound with so many regrets, despair is most likely to ensue. Doing the right thing leads to lesser regrets, thus, bliss.


2.     Genuine Friends  (identity vs. role confusion)

Some people make you do stuff that are really unethical in exchange for their so called “friendship”.  However, are they really real buddies? True friends want the best for you and they do not want to get you into trouble. Eventually, those peers who only like you because of certain qualities leave you. Positive attitude attract positive people. Better be surrounded with the right crowd than to get confused with the wrong peers. For teenagers, some of them get confused  when they lose their identity just pleasing others so they could just fit in.


3.     Combat Misery (Stagnation vs. Generativity/Productivity)

 Remember Mr. Scrooge? Why was he so miserable? It is because he was a miser. He became stagnant by being too preoccupied with himself. Selfishness corrupts a person’s heart. A  person becomes more productive and valuable when he gives something of himself, hence, doing something good. Being creative entails being useful and having results that can benefit others.  Feeling wretched? Give!

Don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. GALATIANS 6:9

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