father complex


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E·lec·tra com·plex

female counterpart of the Oedipus complex in the male; a term used to describe unresolved conflicts during childhood development toward the father, which subsequently influence a woman's relationships with men.
Synonym(s): father complex
[Electra, daughter of Agamemnon]

father complex

Etymology: L, pater + complecti, to embrace
Usage notes: non-technical,
a repressed desire for an incestuous relationship with one's father.
(1) The female counterpart of the Oedipus complex, in which a daughter perceives her mother as a rival and her father as the psychosexual source of nourishment
(2) An infrequently used term describing a pathologic relationship between a woman and a man based on unresolved developmental conflicts partially analogous to the Oedipus complex in a man
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