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Phallic stage

According to Freud, a period beginning around age 3 during which a child’s pleasure focuses on the genitals, is called phallic stage.


According to Freud phallic stage is the third stage in a child's life, between the ages of three and seven , when he is mainly concerned with the pleasure he receives from his sex organs and their functions. As with all of Freud's stages excessive frustration or satisfaction may leave a person fixated on it so that, in this case, as an adult he may be preoccupied by sexual potency, performance and conquest. This preoccupation is related to an unresolved Oedipus complex that arises during this stage.

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