Freud advanced a theory of personality development that centered on the effects of the sexual pleasure drive on the individual psyche. At particular points in the developmental process, he claimed, a single body part is particularly sensitive to sexual, erotic stimulation. These erogenous zones are the mouth, the anus, and the genital region. The child's libido centers on behavior affecting the primary erogenous zone of his age; he cannot focus on the primary erogenous zone of the next stage without resolving the developmental conflict of the immediate one.
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Anal eroticism - Wikipedia
Anal eroticism , in psychoanalysis , is sensuous pleasure derived from anal sensations. The English sex manual The Joy of Sex talked about the erogenous sensitivity of the anus, and its role in sexual pleasure. In , the psychoanalyst D. Winnicott spoke of "the tremendous pleasure that belongs to the doing of a motion just exactly when the impulse comes Freud, in his article Character and Anal Erotism argued that, through reaction formations and sublimation, anal eroticism could turn in later life into character traits such as obstinacy, orderliness and meanness. The psychoanalyst Julia Kristeva would subsequently explore anal eroticism in connection with her concept of abjection.
Anal character. Anal expulsive and anal retentive personalities are forms of sadistic and rigid personality that are associated with the psychoanalytic theory of personality development. Each body part — mouth, anus, and genitals for the oral, anal, and phallic stages, respectively — provides a source of bodily pleasure as well as a set of developmental challenges for the child to master.
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