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One of the cornerstones of psychoanalysis is the Oedipus Complex According to the generally accepted version during a session of self-analysis Freud unearthed a childhood memory of being sexually aroused by seeing his mother nakedSoon after Freud uncovered these memories from his childhood he postulated a universal law- the Oedipus Complex Freud believed that in the phallic stage of development ie between the years of 2 and 3 every boy has the urge to engage in sexual acts with their mother and fear castration from their father Because of this desire the boy will kill his father Even though Freuds theory seemed more to imply that this applied to males rather than females it is now acknowledged that females can be effected in the same way This is referred to as the Electra ComplexFor a little girl the resolution of the Oedipus Complex is different She gives up the desire for the mother by becoming attached to her father In fact she might become too attached to her father While Freud originally believed that the memories his female clients uncovered about incestuous relationships with their fathers were true after the formulation of the Oedipus Complex Freud reached the conclusion that these memories were in reality wish fulfilling fantasies of overly attached females As such feelings were unacceptable to the moral ego the female repressed them The reasoning for the incestuous attraction is most likely due to proximity as the child first develops a sense of sexuality the parents are two of the few within the childs social circle It could be assumed that a child would develop a similar complex if raised by an aunt and uncle or was adopted Nevertheless the sexual desire develops for the opposite sex parent as probably for the reason above and hostility for the same sex parent due to the fact that this individual stands in the way of fulfillment of this desire and takes attention away from
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