castration complex(redirected from castration complexes)
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(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal an unconscious fear of having one's genitals removed, as a punishment for wishing to have sex with a parent
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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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