Psychoanalytic Personality Assessment
Freud’s latency period theory is accurate, because these years are mainly focused on social interaction with others (Friedman & Schustack, p. 72, 2012). This stage is not considered to be a stage of the psychosexual development; rather the energy is put into other activities such as sports, school, and social interaction with their peers (Stevenson, 1996). During the latency period the libido is suppressed and this is the most important time for the development of social skills (“Freud’s Psychoanalysis: A Revolutionary Approach”, 2012). Freud theorized at this time a child goes through “infantile amnesia” it is when the child forgets the unwanted memories that may be deemed as traumatic for him/her (“Definition: Latency Period”, n.d.). If there is anything that went amiss this is when it will start to show-up in the personality (“Freud’s Stages of Psychosexual Development”, n.d.). Genital stage of psychosexual development is the last phase in Freudian theory. This stage starts at the onset of puberty and goes into adulthood (“Sigmund Freud’s Psychosexual Development”, n.d.). Previous stages were mainly on individual accomplishments and learning one’s place in the family as well as in society. Individuals normally start to develop sexual desires for the opposite sex at the beginning of this stage and last until death (Cherry, n.d.). It is of the most importance that there are no problems with the other stages, if some issues were not resolved in the other stages; more than likely it will carry over into the final stage and can lead to severe psychological problems for the adult (The Science Museum, 2004). Some things about Freudian theory are understandable, but there are certain aspects of it that a person would disagree on. For instance the Phallic stage is when “the child is focused on the genitals” (Friedman & Schustack, p. 69, 2012). Children at that age are too young to understand things in a sexual way. If a child...
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