Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud, now known as the “father of psychology,” once proposed that the sexual drives and instincts of humans actually begin in childhood through a series of fixed stages.
These stages are known as “psychosexual” as each phase represents a fixation of the libido on a different area of the body. When each source of libido tension is released and when each stage is “completed,” Freud proposed that we move onto other stages of sexual development. If all stages of libido fixation and release are completed, a healthy and whole human being emerges.
However, if, for some reason, we fail to psychologically release and complete our sources of libido, we become trapped by them. This inability to meet each psychosexual need may result in defense mechanisms that are built during childhood to avoid the anxiety associated with not having our needs satiated.
There are 5 different psychosexual stages in Freud’s theory: Oral, Anal, Phallic, Latent and Genital. Remember that while this test might reveal something new about you, it is not intended to diagnose you in any way. So take it with a grain of salt!