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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Oed′ipus com`plex(n.)

  1. 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.

    Category: Psychiatry

    Ref: Compare Electra complex.

Origin of Oedipus complex:

1905–10; < G (Freud, 1899)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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

Wiktionary

  1. Oedipus complex(Noun)

    In Freudian theory, the complex of emotions aroused in a child by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex.

  2. Origin: Named after Oedipus in Greek Mythology, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.

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  1. Oedipus complex

    In psychoanalytic theory, the term Oedipus complex denotes the emotions and ideas that the mind keeps in the unconscious, via dynamic repression, that concentrates upon a child's desire to sexually possess the parent of the opposite sex. Sigmund Freud, who coined the term "Oedipus complex" believed that the Oedipus complex is a desire for the parent in both males and females; Freud deprecated the term "Electra complex", which was introduced by Carl Gustav Jung in regards to the Oedipus complex manifested in young girls. The Oedipus complex occurs in the third — phallic stage — of five psychosexual development stages: the oral, the anal, the phallic, the latent, and the genital — in which the source of libidinal pleasure is in a different erogenous zone of the infant's body. In classical Freudian psychoanalytic theory, child's identification with the same-sex parent is the successful resolution of the Oedipus complex and of the Electra complex; key psychological experiences that are necessary for the development of a mature sexual role and identity. Sigmund Freud further proposed that boys and girls experience the complexes differently: boys in a form of castration anxiety, girls in a form of penis envy; and that unsuccessful resolution of the complexes might lead to a neurosis, like paedophilia. Men and women who are fixated in the Oedipal and Electra stages of their psychosexual development might be considered "mother-fixated" and "father-fixated". In adult life this can lead to a choice of a sexual partner who resembles one's parent.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Oedipus Complex

    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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