Psychoanalytic Theory Of Oedipus Complex

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Oedipal Complex, also known as Oedipus complex is a term used in psychology which was introduced by Sigmund Freud in his theory Psychosexual stages of development, in the book Interpretations of Dream. It describes the feeling of sexual involvement of a child towards the opposite sex parent and a feeling of jealousy or rivalry towards the parent of the same sex.

For instance, a boy feels that he is in competition with his father for the possession of her mother. Similarly, when a girl has feelings of desire towards her father ad she thinks that she is competing with her mother for Father’s affection. The Oedipus complex arises in the childhood i.e. at the age of 3 to 5 years.

But with the passage of time, this complex is ended when the
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He was possessed about her mother and thought of his father as his rival. He accidentally killed his father and then married her mother. This possession towards the parent of opposite sex and feeling of competition with the parent of the same sex is known as Oedipus complex.
According to psychoanalytic theory, the Oedipus complex refers to the child's desire for sexual involvement with the opposite sex parent, which is kept out of conscious awareness through repression. Freud believed that it still influence the behavior of a child and plays a role in development. According to Freud, the boy wishes to possess his mother and replace his father, who the child thinks as a rival for the mother's affections.
This complex occurs in the phallic stage of psychosexual development between the ages of three and five years. During this stage of development, the Freud suggested that the child develops a sexual attraction and hostility towards parents accordingly. Some behavioral manifestations of the complex might involve a boy expressing possessiveness of his mother and telling his father not to hug or kiss his mom. Little girls at this age may express their possessiveness of her father by declaring that they plan to marry their fathers when they grow
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