Erik H. Erikson and Intimacy vs. Isolation (Psychosocial Stages of Development)
by L.P. Middler
Intimacy vs. Isolation is the stage of the young adult according to Erikson’s “Eight Ages of Man.” During this stage, we are eager to fuse our identities with others. Those unsure of their identities may avoid this fusion.
If everything goes well, he or she will reach “true intimacy.” If something hinders this progress that person may isolate him- or herself from closeness with others.