• Resolving the Oedipal Complex
  • The oedipus complex and object identification
  • Sigmund Freud’s Theory of Oedipus Complex ..

These narratives show shifts in 'Oedipal nostalgia', since none of the personifications can really be seen as parental figures.

Temperley, Jane (1993) 'Is the Oedipus Complex Bad News for Women?'

An oedipal complex or the Oedipus complex is a concept ..

______ (1924) 'The Dissolution of the Oedipus Complex',19, pp. 171-79.
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This way of looking at the Oedipal situation also offers a way of thinking of the age-old question of self-knowledge or insight: 'The primal family triangle provides the child with two links connecting him separately with each parent and confronts him with the link between them which excludes him. Initially this parental link is conceived in primitive part-object terms and in the modes of his own oral, anal and genital desires, and in terms of his hatred expressed in oral, anal and genital terms. If the link between the parents perceived in love and hate can be tolerated in the child's mind, it provides him with a prototype for an object relationship of a third kind in which he is a witness and not a participant. A third position then comes into existence from which object relationships can be observed. Given this, we can also envisage being observed. This provides us with a capacity for seeing ourselves in interaction with others and for entertaining another point of view whilst retaining our own, for reflecting on ourselves whilst being ourselves' (Britton, 1989, p. 87). I find this very helpful, indeed, profound. This is how we fulfil the injunction of the Oracle at Delphi: ‘Know thyself’.

The Oedipus Complex and the Role of ..

Hinshelwood, R. D. (1991) 'Oedipus Complex', in,revised ed., Free Association Books, pp. 57-67.
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I am going to say quite a bit about all this, but first I want to linger over theclassical Freudian story. Freud called the Oedipus complex 'the core complex' or thenuclear complex of every neurosis. In a footnote added to the 1920 edition of he made it clear that the Oedipus complex is the immovablefoundation stone on which the whole edifice of psychoanalysis is based: ‘It hasjustly been said that the Oedipus complex is the nuclear complex of the neuroses, andconstitutes the essential part of their content. It represents the peak of infantilesexuality, which, through its after-effects, exercises a decisive influence on thesexuality of adults. Every new arrival on this planet is faced with the task of masteringthe Oedipus complex; anyone who fails to do so falls a victim to neurosis. With theprogress of psycho-analytic studies the importance of the Oedipus complex has become moreand more clearly evident; its recognition has become the shibboleth that distinguishes theadherents of psycho-analysis from its opponents’ (Freud, 1905, p. 226n).


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______ et al. (1989) The Oedipus Complex Today: Clinical Implications. Karnac.
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We can make a choice of levels. The first is the Yiddisha momma who brings her son tothe psychologist, who examines the boy and calls the mother in to announce gravely that hehas an Oedipus complex, to which she replies, as I'm sure most of you will recall,'Oedipus, Schmeedipus, as long as he loves his mother'.

Klein, Melanie (1928) 'Early Stages of the Oedipus Conflict', 9:167-80; reprinted in Klein (1975), vol. 1, pp. 186-98
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The most important legacy of Freudian theory in general and the Oedipus complex in particular has been to look at the emotional side of child development in general and gender socialization in particular. More sociological theories of socialization and personality development were influenced by Georg Simmel’s theory of dyads and triads in which the family structure alone gave rise to tensions and conflicts in which one party, the child, might foster conflict between parents, play off one parent against the other, or join one to gang up on the other. Much of what Freud observed was a result of the emotional aspects of the family structure. Charles Cooley, George Herbert Mead, and the symbolic interactionist traditions looked at language, play, role taking, and institutional aspects of socialization that fostered the "social self," the active "I," and the socially expected "me." These approaches, however, often ignore the very powerful role of feelings and passions in the development and motivation of behavior. While few sociologists have tried to frame the major questions of civilization in terms of the Oedipus complex, some have considered some of the implications of Freud’s insights on gender, desire, and morality. For Philip Slater (1970), the repression of erotic desire to the mother, frustrating basic needs for dependency and community, has fostered a lonely society prone to aggression. Philip Rieff ([1966] 1987), on the other hand, felt that Freudian theory undermined the morally based repression that society required to maintain civility and its high culture. More recently, Lauren Langman (2006a, 2006b) has suggested that the macroeconomic consequences of globalization, often experienced as "castration" (powerlessness), have inspired various compensatory strategies such as religious fundamentalisms, which privilege patriarchy and celebrate male aggression.

The Oedipus Complex occurs as a process ..

For a number of reasons, psychoanalysis and sociology have been separate realms of theory and practice, though some people have worked at the intersections of the social and the personal; Freud himself offered various speculations. Today, however, those who do work at these junctures are more likely to work within the frameworks of object relations theory or self psychology. For example, Nancy Chodorow (1999) has looked at early gender differences in separation-individuation from early attachments to the mother. Young boys are able to make a more complete separation. Young girls are more likely to retain an attachment and identification with their mother, and thus "mothering is reproduced" in the shaping of their character. Jessica Benjamin (1988) has focused more on the need for recognition of self. Young girls deprived of recognition early in life are likely to seek it at any costs and are prone to masochism and humiliation to gain recognition from a man.

It plays a part in the early history of the Oedipus complex

The nature of the Oedipus complex still fosters lively debate, which will continue as long as people have children whose personal development involves ties to parents and intense feelings, emotions, desires, defenses, and ambivalence, all of which impact the nature of their adult personality.