Sigmund Freud's Five Stages Of Bisexual Development

Description of Client The client that came in for counseling presented a couple of issues about her, she is 39 and Caucasian. Some have underlying meaning, which lead back to her childhood, other issues accumulated through adulthood with marriage and family. She feels that she is a “good wife” and “good mother.” The client also expresses how she always gives and gives until there is very little to give anymore. She feels very down, anxious, and does not really know where to go or what to do in life anymore. The patient feels unappreciated from her husband and kids and basically worthless on an individual level. She wants to start her career in teaching, which is what she went to school for. The client got her degree in elementary education …show more content…
The client expresses events from her childhood that has bothered her, as well as current events in adulthood. There are also unconscious underlying event that seem to be the reasoning behind some of her anxiety. Freud has a peculiar and intelligent man. Many did not agree with his thoughts and approaches, but many also thought highly of Freud. Freud’s belief in the unconscious is found in his various stages of “psychosexual development.” These stages are a human’s unconscious sexual development as they grow and move toward adulthood. There are five stages. The stages are the oral stage, anal stage, phallic stage, latency period, and the genital stage. Freud believed that the oral and anal stages are steps on the pathway toward psychological development and also sexual development. A child has an obsession with the oral cavity when first born. For example, sucking a pacifier or milk bottle and only through this can their sexual development be manifested within. Similarly, during the anal stage, a child is learning to be potty trained and becomes conscious of his or her anal cavity. This is his or her medium through which sexual development occurs. The phallic stage is a time of severe sexual confusion. This stage is where the child has incestuous desires unconsciously. The latency period is a period in which this incestuous desire is realized and all sexual desire repressed. Finally, the genital stage is when the child finally sexually develops and develops “normal” heterosexual relations with the opposite sex (Stevenson, 1986,

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