Phallic Stage, The

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The phallic stage (sometimes referred to as the “genital stage”) is the third in Freud's triad of “oral”, “anal” and “phallic” and consists of the period when the child's erotic inclinations are organised around the genitals. This phase is seen at the culmination and dissolution of the Oedipus complex and, despite its masculine name, includes females.

To read more on this phase, please see our commentary on the Castration Complex, the

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Editors. "Phallic Stage, The". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 October 2005
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