Psychosexual Theory

Psychosexual Theory

Per­son­al­ity devel­op­ment is influ­enced by dri­ves and instincts that emerge dur­ing devel­op­ment in the psy­cho­sex­ual theory.

Psy­cho­sex­ual the­ory pro­poses that sex­ual dri­ves influ­ence per­son­al­ity devel­op­ment. Sig­mund Freud pro­posed that dri­ves and instincts emerge dur­ing devel­op­ment, and devel­oped the Five Stages The­ory — Oral, Anal, Phal­lic, Latency and Gen­i­tal — sug­gest­ing that early expe­ri­ences may influ­ence a child’s later life. Freud believed that con­flicts were asso­ci­ated with the stages — wean­ing related to the oral stage, toi­let train­ing to the anal stage, and oedi­pal and elec­tra to the phal­lic stage.


Cook, L. & Cook, G. (2005). Child Devel­op­ment. Pear­son Edu­ca­tion, Inc.

Puck­ett, M. & Black, J. (2001). The Young Child (3rd Ed.). Macmil­lan Pub­lish­ing Co.


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