castration anxiety

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Related to castration anxiety: castration complex, Electra complex
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Noun1.castration anxiety - (psychoanalysis) anxiety resulting from real or imagined threats to your sexual functions; originally applied only to men but can in principle apply to women
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
anxiety, anxiousness - (psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
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It examines his self-analysis between 1896 and 1899 and his identification with Eckstein, rescue and restoration fantasies, and elaboration of the themes of punishment for masturbation and castration anxiety, and how his emotional reaction to her circumcision relates to his conflicts with Judaism and contributed to his decision not to have his own male children circumcised.
He published his little text of that name, on castration anxiety, in 1922.
It became a memorial to castration anxiety as well as a magical protection against such fate.
It is not, in other words, the anticipation of a loss, or the loss itself, of an object that is anxiety-producing (as at least a simple understanding of castration anxiety in Freud might suggest) but the lack of lack or lack of desire.
Castration anxiety repeats the drama of separation in the fold of the threesome formed by the arrival of the father, who, owing to the requirements of prohibitions and the threat of castration, is always already dead and consumable, not as the breast but as a poison-proof, thus reality-tasted, funeral meal.
Whereas for Freud the key scene turns on scopophilia and castration anxiety, for Horner and Zlosnik it is the darkly humorous possibilities inherent in the protagonist's love affair with the doll Olympia, an aspect Freud had swept aside as being mere surface.
In terms of the larger argument concerning real universals, she uses these texts to expand her explanation of why Lacan crosses out Woman, which is that, as in Griselda's case, no woman can fit the category; her reality always causes her to exceed it and thus to generate anxiety and disgust in the male voyeur, who really wants to see nothing "there" when he looks (as opposed to the usual narrative of castration anxiety, wherein horror or perversion is generated by the fact that nothing is there).
By accepting Occasio as his bride, the hero is confronting his castration anxiety.
Reed's own comparative reading of the shoe worn by the model, Victorine Meurent, and the parrot droppings at the bottom of the perch invites Freudian speculation and gives a whole new dimension of the notion of the stain, and is further contradicted by Reed's psychoanalytic reading of the monocle in the painting in Chapter Five as a manifestation of castration anxiety.
All things Barbra aside, this volume addresses in thoughtful and engaging ways the intersection of Jewishness and the queer in a range of cultural texts, from the rhetorics of antisemitism in the case of Leopold and Loeb, to the contestation of Zionism in transsexual drag queen Dana International, to the misogyny, homophobia, and self-contempt behind Freud's theory of castration anxiety, to the queer implication of Christian devotion to the Virgin and medieval antisemitism in a medieval tale by Geoffrey Chaucer.
Alleging seduction, sodomy, incest, and bestiality, his diagnosis of Eakins includes scopophilia, castration anxiety, and even compulsive milk-drinking (because the painter "felt deprived of maternal affection").
In Zhong's perspetive analysis, male anxiety over the withering of masculinity and anguish about going unrecognized are explained not in terms of castration anxiety and feminine lack but linked to the beleaguered situation of China as a nation-state.