ANAL STAGE

with regard to psychoanalytic theory, the 2nd phase of psychosexual development, most often taking place within the second year of a child's life, wherein the child's attention and carnal enjoyment are concentrated on the voiding and withholding or feces and the sadist intuition that corresponds to the urge to own, control, and deteriorate something. Obsession in this phase often causes the child to develop an anal personality. Commonly referred to as anal phase.

ANAL STAGE: "The anal stage of psychosexual development is completely normal for all human beings to progress through, although many parents tend to worry about this phase."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "ANAL STAGE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/anal-stage/ (accessed September 9, 2019).
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