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.
The Oedipus complex with its vertical 'before and after' (the pre-oedipal mother and the father of the castration complex) is the shibboleth around which the theory revolves.
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.
No reasonable literary critic would disagree with Patterson (and countless others') claim that the castration complex can be a trite, oversimplifying allegory that obscures valuable historical specificities.