oral stage

in psychoanalytic theory, the earliest stage of psychosexual development, lasting from birth to about 18 months, during which the oral zone is the center of the infant's needs, expression, and pleasurable erotic experiences; it is followed by the anal stage.

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  • oral stage — ▪ psychology       in Freudian psychoanalytic theory, initial psychosexual stage during which the developing infant s main concerns are with oral gratification. The oral phase in the normal infant has a direct bearing on the infant s activities… …   Universalium

  • oral stage — noun (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant s development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting • Syn: ↑oral phase • Topics: ↑psychoanalysis, ↑analysis, ↑depth… …   Useful english dictionary

  • the oral stage — stage of childhood development in which a child discovers the world around him by putting things in his mouth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Oral fixation (disambiguation) — Oral fixation may refer to: In psychology: Oral stage, a term used by Sigmund Freud to describe the child s development during the first 0 to 18 months of life, in which an infant s pleasure centers are in the mouth. In music: Oral Fixation, an… …   Wikipedia

  • Oral — The word oral may refer to: As an adjective: the mouth, the first portion of the alimentary canal that receives food and saliva speech communication as opposed to writing oral administration of medicines oral schools, schools that use oralism to… …   Wikipedia

  • oral — orality, n. orally, adv. /awr euhl, ohr /, adj. 1. uttered by the mouth; spoken: oral testimony. 2. of, using, or transmitted by speech: oral methods of language teaching; oral traditions. 3. of, pertaining to, or involving the mouth: the oral… …   Universalium

  • oral phase — noun (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant s development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting • Syn: ↑oral stage • Topics: ↑psychoanalysis, ↑analysis, ↑depth… …   Useful english dictionary

  • ORAL TRADITION —    the TRADITIONAL wisdom of PRE MODERN societies transmitted by word of mouth rather than written documents. Most religious traditions contain an oral element and many SCRIPTURES seem to have passed through an oral stage before finally being… …   Concise dictionary of Religion

  • oral personality — noun (psychoanalysis) a personality characterized either by generous optimism or aggressive and ambitious selfishness; formed in early childhood by fixation during the oral stage of development • Topics: ↑psychoanalysis, ↑analysis, ↑depth… …   Useful english dictionary


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