phallic stage

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Noun1.phallic stage - (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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Next is the phallic stage whereby the child begins to have sexual and romantic fantasies.
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.
Before the ink was dry on Freud's paper about the phallic stage, Karen Horney had rejected the theory of phallic monism in technical detail; she also drew on the work of the sociologist Georg Simmel to point out that the theory was a product of, and represented, the masculinity of culture.