oedipal phase


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oe·di·pal phase

in psychoanalysis, a stage in the psychosexual development of the child, characterized by erotic attachment to the parent of the opposite sex, repressed because of fear of the parent of the same sex; usually occurring in children 3-6 years old.
Synonym(s): oedipal period

oedipal phase

Psychiatry A psychoanalytical stage that occurs between ages 4 and 6, which partially overlaps components of the phallic stage and represents a time of inevitable conflict between a child and parents

oed·i·pal phase

(ed'i-păl fāz)
psychoanalysis A stage in the psychosexual development of the child, characterized by erotic attachment to the parent of the opposite sex, repressed because of fear of the parent of the same sex; usually seen in children aged 3-6 years.
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The desired outcome of the Oedipal phase is that the five- or six-year-old boy should view himself as the Oedipal loser rather than the Oedipal victor.
The double function of weaving--to hold and to imperil--corresponds to the two phases in the development of femininity we find "out of joint" with the time of maturing masculinity, namely, the requirement to give up the mother as beloved in order to usher in the girl's Oedipal phase. The renewed identification with the renounced object upon the arrival of children is the second additional phase, which, however, overlaps with mass formation and as such can be shared with boys, albeit under different circumstances.
According to Freud's analyses, the oedipal phase implies internalising patriarchal psychology and its sex/gender system.
70) is to return to the countryside and pass through the Oedipal phase. It is a cure that, on the surface, he appears to obtain, as the novel concludes with his healthy establishment of a dynasty, and his rejection of the lewdness and eCeminacy of Parisian life.
On the other hand, there remains the issue of identification with the father, which brought to a close the Oedipal phase. Blos argued that feelings are involved--having firm roots in early childhood development--that do not simply disappear of their own accord once the male reaches a certain age, and are not resolved merely as a by-product of the male's resolution of son-mother issues.
Instead, in a triumph of Trendian, we hear about such things as "ideological writing/rewriting," the notion of "hailing," Lacanian "theory of suture," Kristeva's "chromatic jouissance," Freud's "cynosural oedipal phase," and Sedgwick's views on "maternaphobic and homophobic" culture.
In 1978 The Reproduction of Mothering rescued the story of girls' passage through an Oedipal phase, which Freud had treated as a shadow of boys' development.
Their review of all reported murders of children by their parents and all murders of parents by their children in Canada between 1974 and 1983, and in Chicago between 1965 and 1981, finds no evidence of a same-sex bias in killings of children during the Oedipal phase (ages 2 to 5).
Although respectful of Freud, much of whose terminology (death drive, Oedipal phase) he uses, John Russell finds in more recent theorists, especially Heinz Kohut, the key that unlocks the mysteries of Hamlet.