Definitions for oedipus complex
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
libidinous feelings toward the parent of the opposite sex, often also involving rivalry with the parent of the same sex: esp. applied to males and considered normal in young children.
Ref: Compare Electra complex.
Origin of Oedipus complex:
1905–10; < G (Freud, 1899)
Oedipus complex, Oedipal complex(noun)
a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved
In Freudian theory, the complex of emotions aroused in a child by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex.
Origin: Named after Oedipus in Greek Mythology, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Attachment of the child to the parent of the opposite sex, accompanied by envious and aggressive feelings toward the parent of the same sex.
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