Freud 's Theory Of Development

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Sigmund Freud argued that psychosexual development from childhood to adulthood was a development process that was composed of five stages. These stages include; oral, anal, phallic, latency and genital. Every stage is theoretically linked to the libido, and according to Freud, the build up of sexual energy leads to tension and its discharge leads to pleasure. Fundamentally, Freud assumed that life was created to encompass both tension and pleasure. In addition, Freud emphasized that the first five years of a child’s life are essential to the development of their personality. Each psychosexual stage is respectively linked to a specific conflict that must be fully completed before the individual can successfully progress to the next stage. The more energy that is dispensed at any particular stage, the more the crucial components of that stage will linger with the individual as he/she develops psychologically. If any of these stages were not adequately met, the child would develop with personality disorders. Freud sex role development is analyzed from a social learning perspective. We will use two texts, The Bluest Eye written by Toni Morrison in 1970 and A Streetcar Named Desire written by Tennessee Williams in 1950, to explore how social learning, or lack of, impacts the individual and the community. In reference to Blanche DuBois, in A Streetcar Named Desire, it is very apparent that she lacked a normalized personality and had deep emotional issues that led to her
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