phallic phase

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Related to phallic phase: latency phase, Latent phase
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Noun1.phallic phase - (psychoanalysis) the third stage in a child's development when awareness of and manipulation of the genitals is supposed to be a primary source of pleasure
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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However, like the little girl in the phallic phase, the typical male is frightened of the other, more inscrutable, uncontrollable and therefore "feminine" aspects of his genitality.
Moreover, for the female child, the retaliating castrator is the mother, the mother toward whom the little girl also experiences extreme emotional ambivalence during separation-individuation--a process that overlaps with the anal, inner-genital, and phallic phases of childhood.