Sigmund Freud's Theory Of Psychoosexual Development

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Savannah Smalley
PSY2012 Midterm

I. The patient in this case conceptualization is a 25 year old European-American male who suffers from violent behaviors toward both men and women. He was recently released from a three year prison sentence for beating a man unconscious in a drunken brawl. Currently employed as a custodian although he does have an associate’s degree in computer repair, he cannot find a job in that field because of his past. Patient has been in multiple intimate relationships in the past, which have never lasted more than half a year. He reports that the women always disappear one day while he is at work, and he never sees them again. Patient is currently in an intimate relationship with a 19 year old female,
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Freud’s theory of psychosexual development is based on the idea that parents play a major role in managing their child’s sexual and aggressive drives during the first few years of their life to ensure proper development. According to this theory, each stage must be completed successfully for development. The lack of proper nurturing and parenting may cause the person to be stuck in that stage. This patient didn’t have the parenting needed to successfully complete the stages of development. He is stuck in the latency stage, it typically occurs from age 6-12 but this particular patient did not successfully complete this stage of development. In the latency stage, children begin to behave in morally acceptable ways and they adopt values of their parents. This patient didn’t learn to behave in morally acceptable ways because his parents didn’t behave that way; therefore he does what he learned from his parents, act out …show more content…
There are eight distinct stages of psychosocial development that involve the psychological needs of the individual with the conflicting needs of society. Failure to successfully complete a stage can result in the inability to complete further stages. In this case according to Erikson, the patient is in the sixth stage of development which is intimacy vs. isolation. In this stage, we explore relationships leading to long term commitments. This patient is stuck in this stage not only because there are many participating factors, but he doesn’t grasp the virtue of love. The patient avoids long term commitment which leads to isolation and

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