NEGATIVE OEDIPUS COMPLEX

In the context of psychoanalytic theory, the negative Oedipus complex is the inverse of the Oedipus complex in which young boys will desire their mothers and assume their fathers as a direct rival whereas young girls will desire their fathers and assume their mothers a direct rival to their desire. Freud suggested that both the negative Oedipus complex and the (positive) Oedipus complex were paramount in both young boys and young girls during their development.

NEGATIVE OEDIPUS COMPLEX: "The inverse of the Oedipus complex observed in young boys and young girls is the negative Oedipus complex."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "NEGATIVE OEDIPUS COMPLEX," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/negative-oedipus-complex/ (accessed April 20, 2018).
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