Introduction Life span perspective of development is meant to examine and explore the growth of an individual in terms of initial growth, development, and decline. It does this by taking various aspects and placing them in different frameworks to facilitate much understanding. It can also be argued that life span perspective of development provides vital information regarding the development of individuals through their lifespan. Such information includes how individuals came to be who they are today, who they are, and who they will become in the future. Psychoanalytic theories are used to offer insight into the life span related issues and help to explain the stages that individuals are likely to pass through during their lifetime.