Oedipal complex


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Noun1.Oedipal complex - 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
complex - (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
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In his earliest works Lacan makes this association by maintaining that the Law is first introduced by means of the Oedipal complex since the father intervenes with this unity of mother/child, functioning as the reminder of the taboo on sexual desire and of castration as a punishment (Lacan, Psychoses 156).
Leon said: "I think subconsciously there is definitely a whole Oedipal complex happening with his mother, which doesn't get played out in the series, thankfully.
Giles's essay "Violence, Spaces, and a Fragmenting Consciousness in Fight Club" explores the narrator's problematic identity in relation to the Oedipal Complex, a theme that has already received critical attention in the work of Paul J.
to face its collective Oedipal complex," (2) he appears unwilling to question the father's heterosexuality as the only viable model of sexual identity for the son (31).
Surely Jason's not going to wake from a water pressure-induced coma to find he'd had some unresolved Oedipal complex all along?
Miyashita, who was born in Japan and is currently based in London, is after something else: "the structure of curious sexualities," she says, of homosexuality and bisexuality alongside the classic cases of the field, such as hysteria, obsession, penis envy and the Oedipal complex.
Isaac himself has his own brush with the Oedipal Complex only to resolve it in love and life.
Smith, a psychoanalytic psychotherapist extends the idea that she put forth in Mental Slavery (2000) that internalized psychological damage from the trauma of slavery that persists today can be healed through resolution of the Oedipal complex.
Do we still attempt to interpret how one's Oedipal complex is unresolved?
According to Freud, upon the son's development of his Oedipal complex, during which he "notices that his father stands in his way with his mother," his identification with the father "takes on hostile coloring" (Group Analysis and Psychology 105).
Thus, Freud ultimately settles on the Oedipal complex as the source of originary violence; a rivalry devoid of the "preliminary identification" (3) that is central to Girard's conception of desire and its inclination toward violence.
A final chapter takes up this theme of backward birthing to argue for a "raced" Oedipal complex, in which a young black person appears in the family to analeptically rebirth its parents, as the good liberals they always said they were.