DESPAIR By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 An emotional feeling of hopelessness. 2. One of Erikson's 8 stages of development. See integrity versus despair. DESPAIR: "Joe showed despair by his negative actions and destructive behaviour." Related Psychology Terms PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT 1 DOUBT BASIC MISTRUST BASIC MISTRUST INTIMACY VERSUS ISOLATION EPIGENESIS INVARIANT SEQUENCE REGRESSIVE RECONSTRUCTIVE APPROACH BINARY VARIABLE BOTTOMING OUT Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "DESPAIR," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/despair/ (accessed January 12, 2020).