Sigmund Freud's Psychosexual Theory

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Sigmund Freud, also known as the father of psychoanalysis, was born May 6th of 1856 in Freiberg, Moravia. A few years later he moved to Vienna, Austria and years after to England. Sigmund Freud was known for connecting psychological issues with sexual issues. Freud demonstrated a broad perspective on things involving dreams, religion, and cultural artifacts. He focused on different states of the mind, such as unconsciousness. Freud relied on a local sexual repression issue to create theories about human behavior all together. Although many people would agree that Sigmund Freud’s theories are controversial, he is said to be one of the most influential scientists with great work concerning psychology. His theories and ideas of psychoanalysis …show more content…
Freud was best with understand the nature of humans by connecting it with sexual desires. He believed that children were born with a sexual urge, a “libido.” The first stage of this theory is the oral stage, where children obtain pleasure from sucking on things. This stage begins at birth and ends after one year. This stage ties to his personality theory because the oral stage is said to be where the ego part of the mind develops. After this is the anal stage. This is where the pleasure comes from the butt (defecation, or pooping). This definitely deals with potty training and how the child feels after succeeding. Freud feels that parents who praise the child for succeeding helps the child and parents who are more scolding will most likely have a child with slight personality disorders after puberty. This stage occurs between the years of one and three. Followed by the phallic stage where the child acquires curiosity and interest in its sexual organs and becomes sexually attracted to the opposite sex. This stage ranges from ages three to six. In this stage, the child is also known to masturbate. This can also be referred to as the Oedipal Complex where the infant boy becomes sexually infatuated with his mother and has the fear of being harmed by his father. The superego is developed at this stage. The final stage of the psychosexual theory before maturity is the latent stage where …show more content…
His theory of conscious and unconsciousness states that some things are able to be communicated while others remain in the back of our minds. His theory of defense mechanisms stated a variety of ways for us to cope in an acceptable manner with how we feel. Last but not least, his psychosexual theory states that a child shows its needs for sexual desires at a very young age and that all needs but be met or it is more than likely that the child will have a personality abnormality or a fixation when they are older. Based on my research it has been made clear that Sigmund Freud based his theories off of adult patients and himself, with barely any studies on children. His patients were middle aged women in Vienna which caused him to immediately tie everything to their sexual needs not being met. The whole theory was biased based on the era he was living in. His theory is also incapable of being proven true, by this I am referring to the psychosexual gibberish and the theory of the unconscious mind. Also, I know sexual desires can be found among individuals but how can it have that big of an impact on our personalities? The entire theory focuses on sex, but the time he lived in, it was unacceptable to be open about those things. It seems as if Freud was a freak who wanted to put it out there in a scientific form. Lastly, these are some crucial events. How can the way

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