castration anxiety


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Related to castration anxiety: castration complex, Electra complex

castration anxiety

[ka′strā·shən aŋ′zī·ə·dē]
(psychology)
Anxiety due to the fear of loss of the genitals or injury to them.
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After reading pages and pages of the same stuff, I realised what I already knew, what everybody already knew: there was little that could justify castration anxiety as universal.
Many are toys, suggesting what Freud called male infantile curiosity about the female body, and, with that, castration anxiety.
Boyarin offers an all-embracing explanation for Freud's controversial switch from the seduction theory to the theory of instinctual infantile sexuality as well as his development of the "phallic" ideas of oedipal conflict, castration anxiety, and penis envy.
According to classic psychoanalytic studies by Phyllis Greenacre, boys frequently cope with fragile body-images and the resultant intensification of castration anxiety by adopting a fetish - an object, which as Freud observed, can paradoxically both stand in for and confirm the absence of the maternal or female phallus, the absence of which seems to confirm the possibility of masculine castration.