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Oedipus complex

n.
In psychoanalysis, an unconscious sexual desire by a child, especially a male child, directed to the parent of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by hostility to the parent of the same sex.
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Oedipus complex

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a group of emotions, usually unconscious, involving the desire of a child, esp a male child, to possess sexually the parent of the opposite sex while excluding the parent of the same sex. Compare Electra complex
ˈoedipal, ˌoediˈpean adj
ˈoedipally adv
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Oed′ipus com`plex


n.
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.
Compare Electra complex.
[1905–10; < German (Freud, 1899)]
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Oedipus complex

The repressed desire of a boy or man for a sexual relationship with his mother.
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Noun1.Oedipus 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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Translations
complexe d’Œdipe

Oedipus complex

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Oedipus complex

n (Psych) → complesso di Edipo
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Oed·i·pus com·plex

n. complejo de Edipo, amor patológico del hijo a la madre acompañado de celos y antipatía al padre.
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The oedipal conflict is then repressed and the representations of self and other are of a de-idealised nature.
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In Bernardo Bertolucci's two films of 1970, The Spider's Stratagem and The Conformist, the oedipal conflict can be an effective probe to understand what is still left unsaid about Fascism, Rigoletto contends.
Lawrence quotation Boyle uses early on: "The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer." Essentially, what Boyle is attempting with this "tale of rage and madness and Oedipal conflict" (New York Times) is nothing less than a postmortem of the American soul.
Given the degree to which Freudian concepts have permeated our culture, it is easy enough to notice Oedipal conflict in Otranto without delving deeply into the technicalities.
(Jung later described the event as a psychic shattering of his 'father archetype.') In the second scene, Jung is so aggressive with Freud, and so dismissive of the patricide-concept, that the older man faints and begs for sweet deathman Oedipal conflict if ever there was one!
Freud saw the Moses as the law of the father embodied in Renaissance marble and responded dutifully by recording yet another chapter in the history of oedipal conflict. James, by contrast, perceived the statue as ambiguous and sublime; the Moses offered him a revelation about reality and imagination and aesthetic possibilities that he passes on to Strether, who must realize the vision as his own by struggling with the oedipal father.
The protagonist's identification with Pasolini suggests the possibility of a gay Peppino, as does the construction of Peppino's queerness out of difference from his brother's heterosexism, the inclusion of a male friend with whom Peppino seems to share an intimate bond, and allusions to an Oedipal relationship between mother and son, although, as de Stefano points out, homosexuality as an "'unsuccessful' resolution of the Oedipal conflict [is a] discredited Freudian clich[e]" (325).
This book's reading of the protagonist's Oedipal conflict in Hamlet is well known, and it will therefore come as no surprise that Ray's last chapter on Hamlet engages more directly with Freud.
The lasting trace of the Oedipal conflict is the superego--the voice of the father within the boy.
A close reading of this film indicates that Leon's entire problem with authority centres on an Oedipal conflict. His antagonistic approach to authority is a mere displacement of his disdain for paternal authority.
I wrote back and said that since Freud, most people think of ' Oedipal conflict' between father and son and that's part of normal psychological development.