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Ceccarelli, P.R. (2003). May I Call You Father?. Int. Forum Psychoanal., 12(4):197-205.

(2003). International Forum of Psychoanalysis, 12(4):197-205

May I Call You Father?

Paulo R. Ceccarelli, Ph.D.

The paper discusses what the author calls “The seduction by the father”. It would occur when, in the Oedipus complex, the father reverses his role: instead of being the one who castrates, he seduces. Seduction here is understood in the sense that he does not act as the one who imposes limits to the child. Consequently the child can not project his hostile impulses onto the father.

Based on clinical data, the Author says that, in the male child, the seduction by the father hampers the transformation of the two Oedipal attitudes towards the father into identifications. The consequences of this fact upon the construction of the “nostalgia of the father's protection” are discussed, so as the transformation of this father into the symbolic father.

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