ORESTES COMPLEX

with regard to classical Freudian psychoanalysis, a son's repressed urge to murder his mother, that might result in the physical act of matricide. The term is stemming from the ancient Greek story of Orestes, who murdered his mother, Clytemnestra, and her lover, Agamemnon.

ORESTES COMPLEX: "Signs pertaining to Orestes complex have been apparent in many criminals who have slain their mothers."
Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "ORESTES COMPLEX," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/orestes-complex/ (accessed November 17, 2018).
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