After achieving a sense of identity during adolescence, people must acquire the ability to fuse that identity with the identity of another person while maintaining then sense of individuality. Young adulthood—a time from about age 19 to 30—is circumscribed not so much by time as by the acquisition of intimacy at the beginning of the stage and the development of generativity at the end. For some people, this stage is a relatively short tune, lasting perhaps only a few years. For others, young adulthood may continue for several decades. Young adults should develop mature genitalitv, experience the conflict between intimacy and isolation, and acquire the basic strength of love.
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