1. In Freudian theory, the desire and conflict of the female child who wants to possess her father sexually and to eliminate the mother rival. The threat of punishment from the mother causes repression of these id impulses. Conflict in little girls between their love for their fathers, their jealousy of their mothers, and their fear that their mothers will punish them for loving their fathers. Boys have a similar sexual desire for the mother which is repressed in analogous fashion and is called the Oedipus complex.
  2. The female Oedipus complex; an infrequently used term describing the pathological relationship between a woman and man based on unresolved developmental conflicts.
    Source: Edgerton, Jane E. 1994. American Psychiatric Glossary, 7th Edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press











   

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