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Freud split his theory of Psychosexual Development into five stagesThey are oral anal phallic latency and genital each occurring sequentially according to age The first stage occurs from birth to about fifteen months A childs primary source of pleasure is derived from things going in or coming out of the its mouthThe mothers breast for instance is the childs source of food and is also a source for oral stimulation If a child is weaned too early or too late Freud said an oral fixation may occur later in life The second stage happens from around fifteen months to three years of age During this stage attention is directed towards the lower end of the digestive tract and also the ego is starting to develop The child starts to become more aware of its surroundings and begins to learn ideas of cause and effectIt learns that when it crys it will be fed changed or in other words have its desires metAlso during this stage toilet training occurs This can cause a conflict between the childs id and its surroundings The development of the ego can be hindered during this stage if the child is allowed to give in to its id and not learn to cope with the outside world The third stage is the phallic stage and occurs approximately between the ages of three and five Children become more aware of there bodies and are increasingly interested in others bodies During this stage the main conflict that is challenging the ego is called the Oedipal conflict This is where the boys become jealous of their fathers because of their affections for their mothers The same conflict happens to girls except the jealous feelings are directed towards their mothers Failure to overcome the Oedipal conflict can lead to an inability to form love relationships later in life The latency stage sets in around the age of five and lasts until pubertyThere is a
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