Oral Stage



The Oral Stage is the 1st stage of Freudian psychosexual development, and is exhibited by infants between 0 and 1 years of age. The mouth is the primary erogenous zone and leads to urges like sucking and biting.

Key Points

  • Oral Stage
    • Erogenous zone: mouth
    • Age: 1st year of life (0-1)
    • Urges: sucking/biting
      • Fixation may lead to persistent oral urges (e.g. sucking on thumb, biting nails)