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.
Gabbard gives a valid psychoanalytic explanation of this completist's behavior, suggesting that this is the persistence of the "anal stage," when children take special pleasure in holding on to material that should have passed out of their bodies.
(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.