Castration-complex



an unconscious fear of losing the genital organs, especially as punishment for oedipal feelings.
noun
(psychoanal) an unconscious fear of having one’s genitals removed, as a punishment for wishing to have sex with a parent

castration complex n.

In psychoanalytic theory, a child’s fear of injury to the genitals by the parent of the same sex as punishment for unconscious guilt over oedipal feelings.

An unconscious fear of injury from those in authority.

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