Oedipus complex(redirected from Oidipal complex)
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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.
(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
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)]
The repressed desire of a boy or man for a sexual relationship with his mother.
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|Noun||1.||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