psychosexual development


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psychosexual development

[¦sī·kō¦sek·chə·wəl di′vel·əp·mənt]
(psychology)
In psychoanalytic theory, a series of four developmental stages (oral, anal, phallic, and Oedipal), relatively fixed in time, that are determined by the interaction between a person's biological drives and the environment.
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Thus this theory suggests that there is a regression in terms of psychosexual development. The entry into the oedipal stage of development represents a move from the anal stage (characterised by primary narcissism) into the phallic stage, with the beginnings of true object-relatedness.
In their work on the influence of fatherly affirmation on the psychosexual development of young men, Naus & Theis (1994, 1995) found a relationship between a father's unconditional positive regard and such characteristics as self-esteem and comfort with masculinity.
His papers on women's psychosexual development were few and far between.
Theories of psychosexual development have identified some universal psychological characteristics of the male adolescents, but it is the sociocultural context which supplies the guidelines and norms for their attitudes and behavior as well as their families.
For individuals who have been mentally ill since childhood or adolescence, normative psychosexual development may have been arrested so that they cannot maintain normal social and sexual relationships (Carmen & Brady, 1990).
In 1905 appeared his controversial study Drei Abhandlungen zur Sexualtheorie (Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality), in which he presented discoveries concerning infantile sexuality and in which he proposed several complicated stages of psychosexual development, including the formation of the Oedipus complex.
The Arrow of Gold and The Rover, as a result, fall into place as stories of psychosexual development and initiation.
But the biggest problem with Chodorovian accounts of gender difference is that they credit the differences they find to essential, universal features of male and female psychosexual development rather than to the economic and social positions men and women hold, or to the actual power differences between individual men and women.
Erikson, who trained as an analyst in Vienna with Sigmund and Anna Freud, is known for his interpretation and adaptation of Freud's stages of psychosexual development. In Childhood and Society (1950), he asserted that there are personal crises that are central to each of eight stages of what he termed " psychosocial " development and considered the effects of culture and society on the ability to resolve these crises and progress healthily to succeeding stages.
The report also suggests pediatricians discuss issues of physical, cognitive, and psychosexual development with parents of young children during well visits over time.
Sigmund Freud's theory of psychosexual development put forth a template for what he deemed "normal" human development, starting at birth.
According to a 2009 study by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, 81 percent of seminary rectors and 77 percent of diocesan vocation directors said the assessment of such psychosexual development was taken "very much" into consideration when admitting a candidate to priestly formation.