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The Electra complex:
The Electra complex is a psychoanalytic term used to describe a girl's romantic feelings toward
her father and anger towards her mother. It is comparable to the Oedipus complex.
According to Freud, during female psychosexual development a young girl is initially attached to
her mother. When she discovers that she does not have a penis, she becomes attached to her
father and begins to resent her mother who she blames for her "castration."
As a result, Freud believed that the girl then begin to identify with and emulate her mother out of
fear of losing her love.
While the term Electra complex is frequently associated with Freud, it was actually Carl Jung
who coined the term in 1913. Freud actually rejected the term and described it as an attempt "to
emphasize the analogy between the attitudes of the two sexes."
Freud himself used the term feminine Oedipus attitude to describe what we now refer to as the
Electra complex. However, Freud believed that a girl always remains a little fixated in the phallic
stage, and like with the boys, all these feelings are on an unconscious level.
The girl does however, move onto the latency period once she has identified with her mother,
and like the boys, the girls develop the superego in the phallic stage. The Electra complex is
resolved once the girl has given birth to a baby.…read more




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