Oedipus Complex and Electra Complex

“We cannot get away from the assumption that man’s sense of guilt springs from the Oedipus complex and was acquired at the killing of the father by the brothers banned together.” –Freud, 1930

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When I talked about repression mechanism in my last post, I mentioned that Oedipus Complex is the most infamous example. The reason is that most people don’t admit they have that kind of desire described in the theory. So, what exactly is Oedipus Complex?

According to Freud, boys will experience Oedipus Complex at the age from 3 to 5. During that age period, boys wish to stay with their mothers and sometimes hate their fathers, even wish their fathers to die. The opposite is the Electra Complex. Girls are fixated on their mothers and compete with their mothers for maternal attention. This is the reason most people deny this theory because it makes them evil. However, it is actually a nature development process, everyone experiences that. As people grow older, those desires will change to someone or something else.

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Stages of Freud’s Oedipus Complex