Sigmund Freud's Psychoosexual Stages Of Personality

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Personality, by definition, is the combination of characteristics or qualities that form an individual 's distinctive character. It is believed that the majority of a person’s personality is formed by the age of six and stays constant throughout their entire lives no matter the time or setting. Famous psychologist Sigmund Freud believed that personality is developed in the five psychosexual stages and that everyone goes through the same stages in the same order. The five psychosexual stages are oral, anal, phallic, latency, and genital. Each of the psychosexual stages focus on a specific part of the body called the erogenous zones, which are area of the body that produce pleasure, and Freud believed that if an individual had either an overindulgence …show more content…

The anal stage is the second psychosexual stage and it occurs from eighteen months to three year olds. In this stage, the erogenous zone is the anus where a person can gain a fixation by either holding on or letting go while being toilet trained when they are in this stage. In this stage, the conscious level that develops is the ego which is the reality principle which is present in all levels of personality. The ego is present to contain the impulses given by the ID and to express them in a more socially acceptable manner. The ego gives a delayed gratification instead of instant gratification like the ID does. The trait that can be developed with an anal fixation is the anal retentive trait. When someone is anal retentive they are stubborn, controlling, extremely clean and a perfectionist. These traits can clearly be seen in the clips “Democracy” and “Sandwich”. In democracy, as previously discussed above, Sheldon shows his controlling and perfectionist personalist when he orders the entire group to go on the train instead of the airplane like the rest of the group wanted. In Sandwich, he ordered a sandwich and he got exactly what he wanted, but in the wrong order. They had put the cheese and lettuce in the wrong order so he just decides not to eat it. This clip exemplifies his stubbornness and perfectionist personality. This personality is actually the one that can be seen in every single clip, thus being his main

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