- Spiritual selfhood(prenatal)
Core features- infant is a "project in progress" (human frame to shelter a Spiritual selfhood)
developmental task - begins at conceptions and ends at the naming ceremony
- First social stage (neonatal)
Core features- the newborn period is identified by the happiness for the safe arrival, the gift and the projections regarding his/her future.
Developmental tasks- the naming ceremony, names are determined on the basis of historical and circumstantial factors, characters evoking and expectations.
- Second social stage (infancy)
Core features- infancy period (pre- social)
Developmental tasks- social priming such a smiling, crying, teething and sitting up
- Third social stage ( childhood)
Core features- Social apprentice(novice)
Developmental tasks- initiated into social roles. Expected to recognize and rehearse social roles.