Freud's Stages of Psychosexual Development: An Argumentative Essay When Freud first introduced his theory of psychosexual development in the early 20th century, he turned heads in the psychological community. Never before had any psychologist emphasized the role that sexuality played in the mental growth of a human being. A quick literature search reveals the fact that the theory has mostly been discarded, or replaced, by other, more empirically based theories. Nevertheless, Freud had an undeniable impact on psychology, which stemmed countless journal articles and counseling techniques that still exist today. Freud's theory was associated with a number of problems that make it difficult to accept by current researchers (Simon & Gagnon,...The end:
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