Critique Of Sigmund Freud's Psychoosexual Development Theory

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Psychosexual Development Theory
Sigmund Freud’s psychosexual development theory states the role of parents with the basic sexual desires of children in developing their personalities. This theory is concerned on the sexual pleasure received from specific body parts and sexual activities. Ku, (2011) argues with Freud’s recommendation on encouraging children’s tendencies stating that parents will try to guide children toward moderation in all things.
Children who complete these stages successfully, grow to be calm and well centered adults (Ku,
2011). However, problematic behavior patterns are developed when fixations occur due to frustration or indulge.
Freud also states that personality consists
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However, poor sexual relationships, feeling on inadequacy and guilt about sexuality are also developed due to fixations at this stage.
Critiques on Psychosexual Development Theory
Though this theory is being criticized, it is still important because many other theories are based on this. According to Ku (2011), Freud’s theory helped scientists to have a further look into human behavior development. The major critique on this theory is that this theory is more focused on human sexuality. Cherry (n.d.) states four major critiques to Freud’s theory as follows:
 Freud was believed to have worked with troubled adults in developing this theory, rather than working with children,
 Feminists criticize this theory as this is focused mainly on male development,
 Freud’s theory is difficult to test scientifically as concepts like libido cannot be measured and tested, and
 As there is a long time between childhood and adulthood, it cannot be said that childhood experiences affects adult personality.
With much critics, psychosexual development theory is still considered important. Parents’ role

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