Essay about Freud 's Theory Of Infantile Sexuality

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Freud’s theory of infantile sexuality is the beginning of a deeper developmental theory of human personality. The theory of infantile sexuality suggested that traumatic childhood events could have disastrous effects upon the adult individual, as well as childhood sexual experiences playing a crucial role in shaping the adult mind personality. Through his accounts of instincts Freud argued that from the moment of birth, the infant is driven to seek sexual/bodily pleasure which can be seen as the desire to release mental energy. The infant gains this mental release through the act of sucking while being fed. Freud accordingly terms this the "oral" stage of development. This is followed by a stage in which the disposition of pleasure is released through the anus (the act of defecation) and this is accordingly termed the ‘anal’ stage. Afterward, according to Freud, the child develops an interest in its sexual organs as a site of pleasure (the "phallic" stage), and develops a sexual attraction for the parent of the opposite sex, and a hatred of the parent of the same sex. However feelings of guilt in the child can develop as he/she recognizes that it can never overthrow the stronger parent. A male child may also consider himself to be at risk because he fears that if he continues to pursue the sexual attraction for his mother, he may be harmed by the father. But both the attraction for the mother and the hatred for the father are usually repressed, and the child resolves the…

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