Phallic Stage

Phallic Stage - 3D stick figure looks down its "pants"

During childhood, children pass through numerous stages of development. One of these stages is the phallic stage in which there is a fixation with the penis, or in girls (in whom the stage is far less predominant) the genitals.

Small boys between 3 and 6 years of age tend to play with their penis because it is there and gives them pleasure. There is no harm in this habit provided it fades away in later childhood, but if fixation occurs at this stage of development it can lead to sexual aggression in adult life.

(Last modified: 16th Oct 2014)

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