Definition of Oedipus complex in English:

Oedipus complex

Line breaks: Oedi|pus com|plex
Pronunciation: /ˈiːdɪpəskɒmplɛks
 
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noun

Psychoanalysis
(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 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.).
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 20th century: by association with Oedipus.

Derivatives

Oedipal

adjective
More 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.

Oedipally

adverb
More example sentences
  • And Olivier becomes the once-worshipped father whom Tynan had to Oedipally slaughter.
  • It's a hormone that females (human and animal) release during lovemaking and, Oedipally enough, also during breast-feeding and childbirth.
  • Here he is on Hazel Motes, the Oedipally self-blinded hero of O'Connor's first novel, Wise Blood.

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