The Oedipus Complex
And other sexual dysfunctions
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Freudian term, drawn from the myth of Oedipus,
designating attraction on the part of the child
toward the parent of the opposite sex and rivalry
and hostility toward the parent of its own. It occurs
during the phallic stage of the psycho-sexual
development of the personality, approximately
years three to five. Resolution of the Oedipus
complex is believed to occur by identification with
the parent of the same sex and by the
renunciation of sexual interest in the parent of the
opposite sex. Freud considered this complex the
cornerstone of the superego and the nucleus of all
human relationships. Many psychiatrists, while
acknowledging the significance of the Oedipal
relationships to personality development in our
culture, ascribe love and attraction toward one
parent and hatred and antagonism toward the
other not necessarily to sexual rivalry but to
resentment of parental authoritarian power.
Theory of the Oedipus Complex
Relying on material from his self-analysis and
on anthropoliogical studies of totemism, Freud
developed the Oedipus complex as an
explanation of the formation of the ego, the
superego, and the id. The traditional paradigm
in a (male) child’s psychological coming-intobeing is to first select the mother as the object
of libidinal investment. This however is
expected to arouse the father's anger, and the
infant surmises that the most probable form of
expression of this is castration.
The infant internalizes the rules pronounced by
his father. This is how the super-ego comes
into being. The father now becomes the figure
of identification as the child wants to have his
phallus, but resigns from his attempts to take
the mother, shifting his libidinal attention to
new objects of desire.
The Electra Complex
Carl Gustav Jung claimed that young girls'
desire is for the father, known as the Electra
complex, which is basically a reverse Oedipus
complex (this is often falsely ascribed to
Freud. In fact it aroused Freud's anger for he
had more complex construction of the female
Oedipal complex). The girl is originally
attached to the mother as well, however the
discovery of the absence of a penis in herself
leads to an anger at the mother, who is held
responsible. She therefore turns her libidinal
attachment on to the father and imagines that
she will become pregnant by him. She believes
that the pregnancy will replace the missing
penis, which she envies and will allow her to
gain equal status with the father.
Public Reaction
The orthodox medical world regarded Freud's work with hostility. His The
Psychopathology of Everyday Life (1904) and his Three Contributions to the Sexual
Theory (1905), were both followed by increased repudiations by regular medical
circles. Given the continued hostility of orthodox medical circles Freud continued to
work largely alone choosing to regard his professional state as being one of
"splendid isolation"
Compulsive Sexual Behavior
Sexual behavior becomes a problem and is considered compulsive when it's repeated
often enough to interfere with one’s normal daily living and with one’s relationships.
Symptoms of sexual compulsion can include:
- Having multiple sexual partners or extramarital affairs
- Having sex with a succession of anonymous partners or prostitutes, and treating
them as objects to be used for sex
- Using commercial sexually explicit phone lines and Internet chat rooms
- Engaging in excessive masturbation, as often as five to 15 times a day
- Using pornographic materials frequently
- Engaging in masochistic or sadistic sex, such as experiencing sexual excitement
by inflicting or receiving pain during sex
- Exposing oneself in public
- Feeling compelled to engage in sexual activity when you're stressed, anxious or
Compulsive Sexual behavior (continued)
The following is an example of compulsive sexual behavior as expressed
through the vide game “Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.”
WARNING: This video contains crude humor that may be
deemed inappropriate by morally correct individuals.
Sexual Phobias
Erotophobia is defined as an abnormal and persistent
fear of sexual love or sexual questions A person
afflicted with erotophobia becomes noticeable
disturbed by the mention of any sort of eroticism.
Related conditions are paraphobia (the fear of sexual
perversion), homophobia (the fear of homosexual
intercourse), and coitophobia (the fear of male-female
intercourse), and genophobia (the fear of sex in
The Caligula Complex
The Caligula complex is characterized by
the afflicted person demonstrating
symptoms reminiscent of the Roman
emperor, Caligula. Caligula’s reign is
notorious for his extremely extravagant,
eccentric, and sometimes cruel
despotism. The subject often displays an
obsession with human sexuality that often
manifests itself through socially
questionable activities.
The End
Ben Avecilla, Roberto Alcantar, and Alex Lopez
The Caligulators