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The oral stage "fails in terms of assimilative activity" and the direction of interiority (pp.
Oral stage impairments involve cranial nerves V, VII, IX, X, XII.
This means that the widespread use of balie could have contributed significantly to a fixation at the oral stage, which under the hypothesis being offered here gave rise to a cognitive predisposition toward incorporation and merging that seems to underlie popular Catholicism in Italy.