Electra complex


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Electra complex

[i′lek·trə ‚käm‚pleks]
(psychology)
The female analog of the Oedipus complex, that is, the attraction and attachment of a female child to the father.
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Electra complex

see OEDIPUS COMPLEX.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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9 An Oedipus complex is a Freudian labelling involving the unconscious sexual love of a son for his mother and a parallel hatred for the father, while an Electra complex centres on a similar passion between daughter and father and an intense dislike for the mother.
Although I agree with the claim that the limited theoretical attention the Electra complex has received is probably fortuitous, leaving as it does room for the proliferation of treatments of the heroine in fictional narrative, the reverse does not quite hold true for Oedipus.