castration complex


castration complex
castration complex n a child's fear or delusion of genital injury at the hands of the parent of the same sex as punishment for unconscious guilt over oedipal strivings broadly the often unconscious fear or feeling of bodily injury or loss of power at the hands of authority

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in psychoanalytic theory, unconscious thoughts and motives stemming from fear of loss of genitals as punishment for forbidden sexual desires.

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  • castration complex — Psychoanal. an unconscious fear of losing the genital organs, esp. as punishment for oedipal feelings. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

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  • Castration anxiety — is an idea put forth by Sigmund Freud in his writings on the Oedipus complex; it posits a deep seated fear or anxiety in boys and men said to originate during the phallic stage of sexual development. It asserts that small boys, when seeing a… …   Wikipedia

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  • complex — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. intricate, manifold, complicated, involved, knotty. n. tangle, knot, maze; informal, obsession, fixation; inferiority, persecution, Oedipus, etc. complex. See disorder, insanity, intellect. II… …   English dictionary for students


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