CASTRATION COMPLEX

n, in psychoanalytic theory, refers to the collective feelings and fantasies associated with the child deprived of the phallus. Boys fear a loss of the penis, while girls fear it has already been lost. Either way, it is a result of punishment for oedipal feelings. See oedipus complex.

CASTRATION COMPLEX: "Castration complex traces back to an early childhood fear of losing the genitalia."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "CASTRATION COMPLEX," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/castration-complex/ (accessed December 3, 2019).
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