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Freud's Psychosexual Stages

Freud's Psychosexual Stages

Author: Barbara Ludins

This lesson will explore the four stages of Freud's psychosexual development theory. Freud's belief that adult personality traits can be traced to one's fixation in one or more of the stages will be examined. 

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Terms to Know
Anal Stage

Sexual energy is focused on the anus/bladder (controlling bodily wastes).


Too much or too little stimulation of erogenous zones (sexual libido) during specific stages causes attachment/personality flaws.

Freud's Psychosexual stages

Stages of development identified by Freud that impact personality development.

Genital Stage

Sexual energy is focused on the genitals.


Unconscious modeling of one's self upon another person. Allows for identity to group values and attitudes as well as a feeling of connection, similarity, and idealization.


Child's sexual energy is dormant.

Oral Stage

Sexual energy is focused on the mouth.

Phallic Stage

Sexual energy is focused on the genitals.