In my 619 class we are studying Erickson’s stages. He theorizes that in each stage of life we are trying to solve a crisis. In late adulthood we are trying to solve ego integrity versus despair. If in our late adulthood we find meaning in how we spent our lives and are satisfied, with few regrets, we have integrity. However If we look back on our life and feel as tho we have many regrets and did not accomplish what we desired to accomplish, this results in despair. Which one are you headed for?
As an aside, i think it’s interesting to point out that it’s possible we did not resolve an earlier crisis but this does not mean we can’t resolve later crisis. However the unresolved earlier crisis may always give us trouble throughout our lives.
Many people may be walking around with unresolved Crisis inside them. I find that rather sad.