castration complex


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castration complex

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal an unconscious fear of having one's genitals removed, as a punishment for wishing to have sex with a parent

castration complex

A child’s fear that he will lose his genitals as a punishment for fantasizing about them is often the basis of a castration complex, and the root of neurosis in some cases.
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When Superman loses his powers, it's a kind of castration complex by proxy.
Even if this is in some way a correct contention (as analysing the castration complex was correct for Little Hans), it clearly must be a partial picture.
Circumcision plays a key role in this analysis because of its literal embodiment of Jews' otherness, symbolic link with the Freudian castration complex, and the majority Germanic view of Jewish men of the period as feminized.
For instance, Bruno Sibona extends the castration complex he locates in or offloads onto one Hugo poem to three contemporary poets beyond our ken.
For the remainder of his essay, Patterson seeks to liberate the historical truth of Chaucer's Pardoner, arguably the most memorable pilgrim of The Canterbury Tales, from the dominance of the castration complex.
14) It is not coincidental, then, that of all the theories Freud postulated during the opening decades of the twentieth century, one of the most common in America was his castration complex (Hale 46-47), for it helped heterosexual men to combat simultaneously the rise of the flapper and to distinguish their homosocial inklings from homosexual ones.
According to Freud, the girl's initiation into femininity is triggered by the Oedipus complex, which at the same time is preceded and provoked by the castration complex.