The Five Stages Of Sigmund Freud's Psychoosexual Development

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Dream Analysis Before Freud, there was very little development of understanding the science of dreams. In ancient Greek and Roman eras, dreams were viewed from a religious perspective. They believed dreams were premonitions from the gods or the dead. Many people from that time looked to their dreams for solutions to life’s everyday complications. The Chinese believed that whilst dreaming their soul left their bodies to visit a separate dream dimension and if suddenly awakened their soul may not return to their bodies. In the 19th century dreams were dismissed as stemming from anxiety and other insignificant issues. It wasn’t until later in the 19th century that Sigmund Freud claimed that the motivation of all dreams is wish fulfillment, and…show more content…
The five stages of Freud’s psychosexual development theory included the oral, anal, phallic, latency, and genital stages. During infancy the oral phase of development begins, the mouth being the source of all pleasurable interactions. The infant attains pleasure from gratifying activities such as sucking and eating. Freud believed if the child’s needs are not met during this period, it would result in issues with dependency, aggression, and oral fixations. During adulthood oral fixations may spawn negative habits such as eating, smoking, and nail biting. During the anal stage of development toddlers and preschool aged children must learn to control their bodily needs, developing control leads to independence and a sense of accomplishment. Improper resolution of this crisis can result in obsessiveness and tidiness if a parent is too harsh during toilet training and messy destruction personalities if a parent is too lax. During the phallic stage, the libido concentrates on the genitals. Throughout this phase of development children start to discover differences between males and females and begin to struggle with sexual desires toward the opposite sex parent. During the latent period, the libido is suspended and children and adolescence concentrate on suppressing sexual desires. At this time children focus on hobbies and friends. During the final stage of psychosexual development, the genital stage, people develop strong sexual interests in the opposite sex to fulfill the instinct to

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