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Textual Analysis Name: Institution: Course: Tutor: Date: Sigmund Freud Sigmund Freud was an Austrian neurologist credited to have founded the discipline of psychoanalysis; his views and use of psychoanalysis in female analysis brought forward several theories about the female gender.
Penis envy Penis envy, according to Freud is the reactions of a young woman to her sexuality in her psychosexual development, in phallic stage, which lasts approximately from 3- 6 years. The libidinal focus is concentrated on the genitals, libido, which Freud explains, as the most powerful force in the human brains, is usually concentrated in other parts of the body before the phallic stage such as the oral stage where the main desire of the child is to eat (Freud & Brill, 2010 p52). In the phallic stage, a child concentrates more on the sexual reproductive organs with the penis becoming the organ of interest; he called this obsession Oedipus complex for boys and Electra complex for girls. In this stage, the child develops sexual feeling towards her female parent but the girl discovers that she cannot have vaginal sex with her female parent because she does not have the male reproductive organs (Freud & Strachey, 2010 p65). This realisation makes her to desire a penis and the power that come with it and she is now more attracted to his father from whom she hopes to get a penis, this is what Freud referred to as penis envy (Sofroniou, 2010 p12). ...
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