Components Of The Pychoanalytic Approach To Personality

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Analyzing the components of the psychoanalytic approach to personality
Herbert Reeves
April 26, 2011
David Brueshoff

Analyzing the components of the psychoanalytic approach to personality
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The first stage is the Oral Stage and this psycho- sexual energy is focused on the mouth. During this stage pleasure is derived from mouthy activities. Eating, breast feeding, thumb sucking all bring pleasure at this stage. If pleasure is not achieved at this stage a person can become fixated on this stage and later in life unconsciously attempt to satisfy their needs through overeating, smoking, talking too much. The second stage is the Anal Stage it appears at around the age of two and three. This stage is focused on stimulation of elimination and is also the first time that you have to follow someone else’s rule. As in toilet training which can bring pleasure because you’re pleasing someone else by obedience. Fixation on this stage can lead to characteristics of being rude and aloof. The third stage is the Phallic Stage; this stage has to do with dominance, aggression, and competition. You see little boys at the age of three or five playing king of the hill, I’m up here you’re down there games. If there is not enough satisfaction in this stage fixation can occur and manifest later in life where a person becomes very competitive or treat woman as prizes and not as …show more content…
The development of the ego and superego contribute to this period of calm. The stage begins around the time that children enter into school and become more concerned with peer relationships, hobbies, and other interests. The latent period is a time of exploration in which the sexual energy is still present, but it is directed into other areas such as intellectual pursuits and social interactions. This stage is important in the development of social and communication skills and self-confidence The Final stage is the Genital Stage during the final stage of psychosexual development; the individual develops a strong sexual interest in the opposite sex. Where in earlier stages the focus was solely on individual needs, interest in the welfare of others grows during this stage. If the other stages have been completed successfully, the individual should now be well-balanced, warm, and caring. The goal of this stage is to establish a balance between the various life

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