Definition of castration complex in English:

castration complex

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  • (In Freudian theory) an unconscious anxiety arising during psychosexual development, represented in males as a fear that the penis will be removed by the father in response to sexual interest in the mother, and in females as a compulsion to demonstrate that they have an adequate symbolic equivalent to the penis, whose absence is blamed on the mother.
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    • She crystallizes the paradox of ‘the traumatic moment’ of desire's birth - the castration complex, because she represents sexual difference.
    • Access to language comes about through the castration complex and the recognition of sexual difference.
    • It's really only an unresolved castration complex.

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