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oe·di·pal phase

in psychoanalysis, a stage in the psychosexual development of the child, characterized by erotic attachment to the parent of the opposite sex, repressed because of fear of the parent of the same sex; usually occurring in children 3-6 years old.
Synonym(s): oedipal period

oedipal phase

Psychiatry A psychoanalytical stage that occurs between ages 4 and 6, which partially overlaps components of the phallic stage and represents a time of inevitable conflict between a child and parents

oed·i·pal phase

(ed'i-păl fāz)
psychoanalysis A stage in the psychosexual development of the child, characterized by erotic attachment to the parent of the opposite sex, repressed because of fear of the parent of the same sex; usually seen in children aged 3-6 years.
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(1) 'Pre-oedipal' refers to the early period of the baby's development (0-2 years) prior to the traditional Freudian oedipal period.
Some thinkers say it is acquired during the Oedipal period of gender and sexual identification with the father.
Object relations theory, on the other hand, tends to "ignore the oedipal period" and sees development "as a sustained interpersonal dynamic between parent and child" (104).
Spock offered practical advice to parents on how to navigate the treacherous sexual shoals of the Oedipal period. For example, he counseled, "It's wise to make the rule Don't ever let a child sleep in your bed."' He also argued strongly against allowing children to see parents nude; a small boy, said Spock, "is apt to be upset....