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Oedipus complex

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Oedipus descrives the riddle o the Sphinx, bi Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, (ca. 1805).

The Oedipus complex (an aw spelled Œdipus complex) is a concept o psychoanalytic theory. Sigmund Freud introduced the concept in his Interpretation of Dreams (1899) an creatit the expression in his A Special Type of Choice of Object made by Men (1910).[1][2] The positive Oedipus complex refers tae a bairn's unconscious sexual desire for the opposite-sex parent an hatred for the same-sex paurent. The negative Oedipus complex refers tae a child's unconscious sexual deseer for the same-sex paurent an hatred for the opposite-sex parent.[2][3][4]


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  1. Nagera, Humberto, ed. (2012) [1969]. "Oedipus complex (pp. 64ff.)". Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts on the Libido Theory. London: Karnac Books. ISBN 1-78181098-2. ISBN 978-1-781-81098-9.
  2. a b Laplanche, Jean; Pontalis, Jean-Bertrand (1988) [1973]. "Oedipus complex (pp. 282ff.)". The Language of Psycho-analysis (reprint, revised ed.). London: Karnac Books. ISBN 978-0-946-43949-2. ISBN 0-94643949-4.
  3. Auchincloss, M. D., Elizabeth (2015). The Psychoanalytic Model of the Mind. American Psychiatric Publishing. p. 110.
  4. Auchincloss M. D., Elizabeth (2012). Psychoanalytic Terms and Concepts. American Psychoanalytic Association. p. 180.