Psychology theory anal stage

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Anal stage

Freud Developmental Theory - StatPearls - NCBI Bookshelf

According to psychoanalytic theory, the developing child passes through a series of psychosexual stages in which one part of the body becomes the focus of primary sensual or erotic concern. Thus, the anal and oral stages are sometimes referred to as the pregenital psychosexual stages. In one respect, this interest has a mastery component as children gradually develop voluntary control over their sphincters, usually under some degree of parental pressure during toilet training. Skip to main content Skip to table of contents. This service is more advanced with JavaScript available. Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences Edition.

Freud's 5 Stages of Psychosexual Development

According to the psychoanalytic theory of Sigmund Freud — , the second libidinal stage of psychosexual development, from about 2 to 3 years of age, characterized by a focusing of libido on the anal erotogenic zone, an investment of object-relationships with meanings associated with faeces and defecation, and a strengthening of sadomasochistic tendencies. Also called the anal-sadistic stage or phase. See anal-expulsive phase, anal-retentive phase. See also anal character, genital stage, latency period.
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