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anal stage

(anal sadistic stage, anal period, anal phase)

In psychoanalytic theory, the second stage of psychosexual development is preceded by the oral stage around age 18 months and leads to the phallic stage (by way of transition through the urethral stage according to some theories) around age 3 years. Activities and sensation related to elimination of feces predominate.

  1. Anal-expulsive stage
  2. Anal-retentive stage