anal stage


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Noun1.anal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learnedanal stage - (psychoanalysis) the second sexual and social stage of a child's development during which bowel control is learned
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
childhood - the time of person's life when they are a child
phase, stage - any distinct time period in a sequence of events; "we are in a transitional stage in which many former ideas must be revised or rejected"
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Next is what Freud called "the anal stage," which unfolds from ages one and a half to three years old.
3) In later revisions to the Three Essays in 1915 and 1924, Freud locates the anal stage as lying between the oral and genital stages, thus establishing a teleology of the sexual drive on its path to genital primacy.
Epstein considers other accounts of tambu but concludes that they all neglect its 'dimension of affect' (1979:150), namely the 'profound emotional charge' of tambu that he relates to unconscious impulses and meanings, connected to an anal stage in the childhood development of sexuality (1979:151; 167-168).