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Dec 18

Freudian Child Development Part II

Phallic Stage 

According to Freud, children go through five psycho sexual stages of development:
You already studied Oral Stage, and Anal Stage.

Phallic Stage which is the third and one of the MOST important stages of psycho sexual development.
The third psycho sexual stage of development is called Phallic Stage. This extents from approximately 3 to 6 years old. During the Phallic Stage, the child becomes interested in his/her genitalia, as well as the genitalia of the people around them.
Children become aware of the sexual differences between males and females. As a result, a conflict arises, which Freud termed the “Oedipus Complex” ( the “Electra Complex” in women).
The phallic stage is the most important stage and for the greatest, most crucial sexual conflict in Freud’s model of development.
In this stage, the child’s erogenous zone is the genital region.
As the child becomes more interested in his/her own genitals, and in the genitals of others, conflict arises.
The conflict is labeled the “Oedipus complex” (The “Electra complex” in women), involves the child’s unconscious desire to possess the opposite-sexed parent and to eliminate the same-sexed one.

In the young male, the Oedipus conflict begins from his natural love for his mother, a love which becomes sexual as his libidal energy transfers from the anal region to his genitals.

Terminology:
Erogenous= producing sexual excitement
Oedipus Complex= The Oedipal Complex is a term used by Sigmund Freud in his theory of psychosexual stages of development to describe boy’s feelings of desire for his mother and jealousy and anger toward his father. He is in competition with his father to possess the mother.
Libido= in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges.

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