Oedipus complex

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Named after Oedipus in Greek Mythology, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɛdəpəs ˈkɒmplɛks/

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Oedipus complex (plural Oedipus complexes)

  1. (psychoanalysis) In Freudian theory, the complex of emotions aroused in a child by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex.

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