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  1. oral stage, 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

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  1. Oral stage

    In Freudian psychoanalysis, the term oral stage denotes the first psychosexual development stage where in the mouth of the infant is his or her primary erogenous zone. Spanning the life period from birth to the age of 21 months, the oral stage is the first of the five Freudian psychosexual development stages: the Oral, the Anal, the Phallic, the Latent, and the Genital. Moreover, because it is the infant’s first human relationship — biological and psychological — its duration depends upon the child-rearing mores of the mother’s society. Sociologically, the duration of infantile nursing is determined normatively, because the oral stage is especially important in societies that consider the stomach to be the seat of the emotions, as among some African and south-west Pacific Ocean societies that perceive the oral stage as medicinal.

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  1. Oral Stage

    The earliest of the stages of infantile psychosexual development, lasting from birth to 12 months or longer.


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