Definition of Genital phase

1. Noun. (psychoanalysis) the fifth sexual and social stage in a person's development occurring during adolescence; interest focuses on sexual activity.

Exact synonyms: Genital Stage
Category relationships: Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Group relationships: Adolescence
Generic synonyms: Phase, Stage

Medical Definition of Genital phase

1. In psychoanalytic personality theory, the final stage of psychosexual development, occurring during puberty, in which the individual's psychosexual development is so organised that sexual gratification can be achieved from genital-to-genital contact and the capacity exists for a mature affectionate relationship with an individual of the opposite sex. See: phallic phase. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Genital phase

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1. On spermatorrhoea: its causes, symptomatology, pathology, prognosis by Roberts Bartholow (1866)
"Marriage should never be recommended as a curative means. There can be no doubt that judicious sexual intercourse will prove curative in the genital phase ..."

2. Morbid Fears and Compulsions: Their Psychology and Psychoanalytic Treatment by Horace Westlake Frink (1918)
"... to a sadistic-anal- erotic organization of the impulses may not only be a precursor to the genital phase of the sexual life but likewise its aftermath. ..."

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