SexBased Generalization in Freud

SexBased Generalization in Freud - In "Boys and girls:...

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In "Boys and girls: The development of gender roles," Beale gives us revealing overview of Freud's personality theory. Beale point out both strengths and weaknesses of his answer to the questions of "Why" and "How" in gender development, but still leaves a chance for a reader to make up her/his own mind about whether or not to accept Freud's theory. It is relatively easy, however, to find oneself torn between openheartedly going along with Freud's idea about the existence of a dynamic system (or libido) in us, and reacting against the ease and assurance with which Freud writes about castration fear in boys and penis envy in girls. Freud's view of personality as a dynamic system of psychological energy is a very complex, yet insightful approach to the development of personality. The nature of the id, ego, and superego, and the psychosexual stages that these three structures focus on during a course of one's development, give a plethora of reasons to believe in the existence of a critical period in gender development. Freud's theory suggests that the way
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