Electra complex

Electra complex
noun Date: 1913 the Oedipus complex when it occurs in a female

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  • Electra complex — Electra complex: Electra at the Tomb of Agamemnon, by Frederic Leighton, c.1869 In Neo Freudian psychology, the Electra complex, as proposed by Carl Gustav Jung, is a girl’s psychosexual competition with mother for possession of father. In the… …   Wikipedia

  • Electra complex — n. Psychoanalysis Obs. the unconscious tendency of a daughter to be attached to her father and hostile toward her mother: cf. OEDIPUS COMPLEX …   English World dictionary

  • Electra complex — Elec·tra complex i .lek trə n the Oedipus complex when it occurs in a female Elec·tra i lek trə Greek mythological character. Electra was the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra and the sister of Orestes. After the murder of their father by… …   Medical dictionary

  • Electra complex — n. Psychol. a daughter s subconscious sexual attraction to her father and hostility towards her mother, corresponding to the Oedipus complex in a son. Etymology: Electra in Gk tragedy, who caused her mother to be murdered for having murdered… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Electra complex — Psychoanal. the unresolved, unconscious libidinous desire of a daughter for her father: designation based on the Greek myth of Electra and Agamemnon. Cf. Oedipus complex. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • Electra complex — noun Psychoanalysis old fashioned term for the Oedipus complex as manifested in young girls. Origin early 20th cent.: named after Electra in Greek mythology, who persuaded her brother to kill their mother in revenge for the murder of their father …   English new terms dictionary

  • Electra complex — /əˈlɛktrə ˌkɒmplɛks/ (say uh lektruh .kompleks) noun Psychoanalysis the desire of a daughter for sexual gratification from her father as compensation for her discovered lack of a penis. {from Electra} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Electra complex — noun (countable usually singular) technical the unconscious sexual feelings that a girl is supposed to have towards her father compare Oedipus complex …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Electra complex — Elec′tra com plex n. Psychoanal. psl an unresolved, unconscious libidinous desire of a daughter for her father Compare Oedipus complex …   From formal English to slang

  • Electra complex — noun The theory that a females psychological development involves a sexual attachment to the father and jealousy of the mother …   Wiktionary

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