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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I am apprehensive that, after reading this book, spiritual theologians, spiritual directors, and novice directors may talk unthinkingly about "castration complexes" and "oedipal strivings"; more critical comment in the text regarding such psychoanalytic terms would have been helpful.