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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independent of sexuality." This omits Sigmund Freud's adumbration of infantile sexuality (oral, anal, phallic stages) with the phallic stage of infantile sexuality reaching a period of strong arousal between age 3 and 5, which is at the height of the Oedipus and Electra complexes.
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.