Definition of Oedipus complex in English:
(In Freudian theory) the complex of emotions aroused in a young child, typically around the age of four, by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex and a wish to exclude the parent of the same sex. (The term was originally applied to boys, the equivalent in girls being called the Electra complex.).
- The Oedipus complex is the psychoanalytic term everyone knows, and the ideas behind it were first mooted in 1899's The Interpretation of Dreams.
- Jung also argued that the Oedipus complex was not the universal phenomenon that Freud declared it to be.
- This was to become the personal (though by no means exclusive) basis for his theory of the Oedipus complex.
- Example sentences
- Blos supported the traditional interpretation of the initial, childhood resolution of the Oedipal conflict.
- On the one hand, they initiated the Oedipal conflicts that a Freudian would anticipate.
- The deeper psychological issues of Oedipal angst and transference are left for another time and place.
Pronunciation: /ˈedəp(ə)l/ /ˈēdəp(ə)l/adjective
Early 20th century: by association with Oedipus.
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