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Psycho-Sexual Development during Infancy

Posted by: webmaster2 on Friday, June 10, 2005 - 05:43 _PRINTPrinter friendly page  _EMAILFRIENDSend this story to a friend
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By Kelly Cristine Barbosa Cherulli
Psychologist and Sexologist

Seemingly, teenager’s eager to come to terms with teens’ sexuality. However, relatives seek clues on teenager’s sexuality as well. We could not let our sex readers down so prompted our sex knows all for a more enticing time. In matters sex our sex therapist got all the answers.

Despite improvements, talking about sexuality still raises controversy, mostly when it comes to infant sexuality.  Many relatives find difficult to address sexuality matters by not knowing what to say or what to do when a child happens to question them about sex matters. Those parents who caught their kids masturbating or got embarrassed when confronted with questions like “How was I born?”, “what is sex?”, “why come I have a Willie and girls haven’t?” often end up not knowing what to do or say.

In the XIX century, discoveries on infant sexuality undertaken by Freud caused uproar in the conservative society of the time. There used to be believed on the purity of children, considered almost asexual. According to Freud, throughout psychological development, a child goes through the oral phase, anal, phallic, latency, and genital. Each one of these phases would display peculiar characteristics.  

The oral phase-(0 to 1 year) mainly characteristics: the mouth as the most pleasure yielding body part. After all, a child makes contact with the outside world through the mouth. Being mother’s breast the main source of desire, source of food and sexual pleasure.

The anal phase-(2 to 4 years) when a child finds out that one has control over the sphincters; the anus turns the most pleasure yielding body part. A child develops feelings of ambivalence, acquires notions of hygiene. This is a phase of stubbornness.

The phallic phase- (4 to6 years), a child’s attention is drawn to the genitals. Some might masturbate in this phase. Prior children would imagine that boys and girls had penises, now are faced with anatomical differences, thus creating “infantile sexual theories”, they begin to fantasize that girls might haven’t got penises because they got chopped off. Therein stems the fear of castration. Around this time children develop the Oedipus complex, whereupon a boy would compete against his father for his mother’s love; otherwise known as Electra in girls.

The latency phase ( 6 to 11 years of age) its main characteristic a shift in sexual libido to socially accepted activities, in other words, the child is taken by school and social events.

The genital phase, from 11 onwards, coincides with the dawn of adolescence and sexual impulses rampage. A teenager would seek satisfaction through people outside the familial sphere. Yet, in this period, a teenager should deal with conflicts emulating sorrow from loss of the infantile identity, by contrast relatives from infancy, so that assuming an adult identity in near future. Social and cultural background, financial, climatic and regional patterns of any given age get to shape up sexuality, so aforementioned ages may vary accordingly.

Sexuality comes out instinctive. Everybody is born with inapt sexuality and thus sexuality manifests itself throughout phases so far described.

Meaning that the way you live up your sexuality would influence directly in the manner you relate with sexuality in infancy. Values revolving around sexuality are automatically pass along to children in that affecting whether positively or negatively on how they will express sexuality.

Don’t be embarrassed. Be as forthcoming as possible. Try and act casually even so caught up by surprise when questioned about sex. Children are just discovering, bridging over, and widening their horizons.


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