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Meaning of "Electra complex" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF ELECTRA COMPLEX

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF ELECTRA COMPLEX

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Electra complex is a noun.
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WHAT DOES ELECTRA COMPLEX MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Electra complex

Electra complex

In Neo-Freudian psychology, the Electra complex, as proposed by Carl Gustav Jung, is a girl’s psychosexual competition with her mother for possession of her father. In the course of her psychosexual development, the complex is the girl's phallic stage; formation of a discrete sexual identity, a boy's analogous experience is the Oedipus complex. The Electra complex occurs in the third — phallic stage — of five psychosexual development stages: the Oral, the Anal, the Phallic, the Latent, and the Genital — in which the source libido pleasure is in a different erogenous zone of the infant’s body. In classical psychoanalytic theory, the child's identification with the same-sex parent is the successful resolution of the Electra complex and of the Oedipus complex; his and her key psychological experience to developing a mature sexual role and identity. Sigmund Freud instead proposed that girls and boys resolved their complexes differently — she via penis envy, he via castration anxiety; and that unsuccessful resolutions might lead to neurosis and homosexuality.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE ELECTRA COMPLEX

Electra
Electra paradox

WORDS THAT END LIKE ELECTRA COMPLEX

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Oedipus complex
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Synonyms and antonyms of Electra complex in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «Electra complex» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF ELECTRA COMPLEX

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Translator English - Chinese

恋父情结
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

complejo de Electra
570 millions of speakers

English

Electra complex
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

इलेक्ट्रा जटिल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مجمع إلكترا
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

Electra комплекс
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

complexo de Electra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ইলেকট্রার জটিল
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

complexe d´Électre
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Electra kompleks
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Elektra-Komplex
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

エレクトラコンプレックス
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

일렉트라 콤플렉스
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kompleks elektron
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

Electra phức tạp
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

எலெக்ட்ரா சிக்கலானது
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

इलेक्ट्रा कॉम्प्लेक्स
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Electra kompleksi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

complesso di Elettra
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

kompleks Electra
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Electra комплекс
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

complex Electra
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

συγκρότημα Ηλέκτρα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Electra kompleks
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

Electra komplex
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Electra komplekse
5 millions of speakers

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «ELECTRA COMPLEX»

Discover the use of Electra complex in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to Electra complex and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Electra After Freud: Myth and Culture
Content with his male hero of Greek myth, Freud refuted C. G. Jung's concept of the Electra complex, introduced in 1913, and replaced it with his own term, the female Oedipus complex.8 At its most basic level, the Electra complex refers to the ...
Jill Scott, 2005
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The Freud Encyclopedia: Theory, Therapy, and Culture
Max Eitingon: 1880-1943. Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 12: 453^56. BRETT KAHR Electra Complex Carl Jung used the term "Electra Complex" to describe the feminine Oedipus complex in order to demonstrate the parallel attitude of the children ...
Edward Erwin, 2002
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Imagining Incest: Sexton, Plath, Rich, and Olds on Life with ...
The "Electra complex" has been used as a psychoanalytic term to identify a type of arrested development in an older female child or woman, in which the daughter adulates the father and scorns the mother. This not uncommon scenario can ...
Gale Swiontkowski, 2003
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A Story of Her Own: The Female Oedipus Complex Reexamined ...
Jung introduced the Electra complex in 1915 as a female parallel to the Oedipus complex. Freud (1931), however, found Electra wanting as a paradigm for the female triangular situation. In "Female Sexuality," he wrote, "we have an ...
Nancy Kulish, Deanna Holtzman, 2008
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Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Girls, on the other hand, undergo an Electra complex during this phallic stage. Freud believed girls fall sexually in love with their father at this age. Meanwhile, they also view their mother with antagonism. Because of these relationships, girls  ...
Charles Zastrow, Karen Kirst-Ashman, 2009
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Bloody Mary in the Mirror: Essays in Psychoanalytic ...
What is most striking about the Disney adaptation of Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" is the remarkable series of symbolic representations of a young girl's coming of age and her successful, if conventional, resolution of the Electra Complex.
Alan Dundes, 2002
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The Cambridge Companion to Sylvia Plath
... to the suicide: 'I knew just how to go about it', Esther says, suggesting that what she has learnt in the graveyard precipitates her action (BJ, p. 167). If we are fully persuaded by Plath's insistence on an Electra complex, then Esther ...
Jo Gill, 2006
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Sexuality Now: Embracing Diversity
... Oedipus (ED-uh-puss) complex. Freud thought girls go through an Electra complex and develop penis envy. Freud believed that the Electra stage is never fully resolved, and because of this, women are less psychologically mature than men.
Janell Carroll, 2009
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Perspectives on Human Sexuality
Her complex is called the Electra complex. These wishes cause the child to feel fear and guilt toward the same sex parent. The Oedipus and Electra complexes are resolved through renunciation of the love object and identification with the ...
Anne Bolin, Patricia Whelehan, 1999
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Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Allusions
Electra complex 172 Mailer, like many an upstart before him, maintained a secret gentleman in a closet — the nice part of himself, so to speak. This Edwardian was puffed with outrage by the imposition on Madonna. It was not that her breast ...
Elizabeth Webber, Mike Feinsilber, 1999

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «ELECTRA COMPLEX»

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The seven ages of family life: from shotgun weddings to silver splitters
Add to that the themes of unnatural mother-son interest (the Oedipus complex) and father-daughter machinations (the Electra complex), and the ... «The Guardian, Jul 15»
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Daddy's little girl pushes mom aside, for now
Indeed, the psychoanalyst Carl Jung theorized that this all stems from the female version of the Oedipus Complex. The Electra Complex (rather ... «Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Jul 15»
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My daughter's heart belongs to Daddy
The Electra Complex (rather alarmingly named after the Greek myth in which Electra seeks to kill her mother to protect her father), Jung ... «Irish Independent, Jun 15»
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Searching for a Baby Daddy Without a “Dad Bod”
... (what normal people call light brown hair), or fair-skinned dudes who were probably towheaded as kids, I fulfilled my anti-Electra complex. «Yahoo News, Jun 15»
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[Clinical Notes] More on the 'Dad and his mistress' dilemma
Allow me to digress a bit and quote: "The Electra complex is a psychoanalytic term used to describe a girl's sense of competition with her ... «Rappler, Jun 15»
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Special cruise held on Woodward to fulfill woman's dying wish
who is the big man on M1 or number one at MICHIGAN? we know that Detroit has no more lights and dying electra complex or female head of ... «WXYZ, Jun 15»
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Why 'Dad Bods' make women feel good
Even though it sounds misleading, it has nothing to do with the Electra complex; but everything to do with the stereotype that daddies don't ... «Khaleej Times, May 15»
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The madness of love
Suddenly the daughter's unresolved Electra complex, her past-due-date adolescent rebellion, makes her vulnerable to the lawyer's ... «Bay Area Reporter, May 15»
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Kourtney Kardashian on Motherhood and Keeping Up With 3 …
Mother and daughter tend to influence each other and there is no such thing an an Electra Complex in her lexicon. Kourtney just loves ... «I4U News, May 15»
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Shakespearean Work and Common Mental Disorders
Shoaib (2014) indicates Electra complex in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. He further explains that both Olivia and Viola in Twelfth Night have an ... «Lankaweb, May 15»

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