Medea complex


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Murderous hatred by a mother for her child(ren), driven by the desire for revenge on her husband; it is a reference to Medea of Greek mythology, who kills her children.

Medea complex

Psychiatry Murderous hatred by a mother for her child or children, arising from a desire for revenge on her husband

Medea,

from Greek mythology: Medea killed the children fathered by Jason after he left her for a younger woman.
Medea complex - a mother's compulsion to kill her children as revenge against their father.
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