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How convincing do you find Freuds description of the Oedipus stage of development The idea of infantile sexuality has always been central to Freud and very early he has started to work on a basic theory for the Oedipus complex the desire for the parent of the other sex and hostility towards the otherThe first name chosen is nuclear complex then paternal complexIt is only in 1910 that the term Oedipus complex is first used In a first approach that doesnt give a clear answer of the difference between the boy and the girl by linking the Oedipus complex to the castration complex breaks the symmetry between male Oedipus and female Oedipus and gives a real dimension to the psychoanalytic theory But this difference in the psychic development of the boy and the girl shouldnt withdrawn the fact that for the boy as much for the girl the first love object is the mother Pre-genital sexuality is a major fact in childhood and adult sexuality is mainly based on it According to Freud the child has different stages of development before puberty each one is part biological cultural and shaping ones identity He has widely written about the omnipresence during childhood of a sexual urge essentially auto-erotic firstly oral the child is sucking his mothers breast then anal development of erogenic and finally phallic within which the Oedipus complex starts to develop For the boy around the age of three spontaneous and voluptuous sensations around the penis appear The child has intuition for sexual games likely to provoke these sensations in the presence of a partner as he supposes that it happens between his parents He starts to desire his mother and to feel hate towards his father there is especially a great change in his behaviour when he realises that his parents have sex together He the child begins to desire his mother
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