Phallic Stage



The phallic stage is the 3rd stage of Freudian psychosocial development, and is exhibited by young children between the ages of 3 and 6. The erogenous zone of focus is the genitalia. Proposed findings seen in this stage include penis envy and the Oedipus Complex.

Key Points

  • Phallic Stage
    • Erogenous zone: phallus / genitalia
    • Age: toddlers / preschoolers (3-6)
    • Urges: sexual impulses toward opposite-sex parent and anger toward same-sex parent
      • This is referred to as an Oedipus complex
        • Some texts refer to the Oedipus complex as applying to boys and the Electra complex as applying to girls, but they are basically the same thing