Definition of Oral phase
1. Noun. (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting.
Category relationships: Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Group relationships: Babyhood, Early Childhood, Infancy
Generic synonyms: Phase, Stage
Medical Definition of Oral phase
1. In psychoanalytic personality theory, the earliest stage in psychosexual development, lasting through the first 18 months of life, during which the oral zone is the centre of the infant's needs, expression, gratification, and pleasurable erotic experiences; has a strong influence on the organization and development of the child's psyche. (05 Mar 2000)
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Literary usage of Oral phase
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1. A General introduction to psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud (1920)
"Abraham only recently published material concerning the traces which this primitive oral phase has left upon the sexual life of later years. ..."
2. The Civilization of Illiteracy by Mihai Nadin (1997)
"FRAMES OF EXISTENCE The oral phase of language made it difficult, ... Testimony in communities researched while still in the oral phase (see Levi-Strauss, ..."
3. Formative Influences of Legal Development by Albert Kocourek, John Henry Wigmore (1918)
"The oral phase has reached its climax. We should note, however, that in early French law and wherever the written form of criminal procedure dominated, ..."
4. The Indiana School Journal by Indiana State Teachers Association (1898)
"2. What is the distinction between reading and the study of literature? In reading, we deal with both the oral phase and the thought phase, the latter to as ..."
5. The Recitation by Samuel Hamilton (1906)
"I.—THE oral phase OF RECITATION WORK. In the primary grades the language employed in the recitation must be largely oral. This is necessarily true until the ..."
6. Silent Reading, with Special Reference to Methods for Developing Speed: A by John Anthony O'Brien (1921)
"... reported by other investigators were the results of the conventional type of training in reading with almost the entire emphasis upon the oral phase. ..."
7. Analytic Orthography: An Investigation of the Sounds of the Voice and Their by Samuel Stehman Haldeman (1860)
"The latter might be read with the lips closed or open, if not restricted to an oral phase. 195. We require an aspiration mark for the mouth, as employed in ..."