Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: You can access over 100 digitized books…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Did you know that currently we have more than 100 digitized books available for you to read? You can find them in the Books Section.

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Waddell, M. (2003). Coming into One's Own: The Oedipus Complex and the Couple in Late Adolescence. J. Child Psychother., 29(1):53-73.

(2003). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 29(1):53-73

Coming into One's Own: The Oedipus Complex and the Couple in Late Adolescence

Margot Waddell

This paper explores the centrality of the re-working of Oedipal issues during adolescence to a person's eventual capacity to enter into and to sustain an intimate couple relationship. It does so by drawing on representations of this process in classic literary texts (namely in George Eliot's Middlemarch and, glancingly, in Shakespeare's Comedies) to elucidate non-pathological struggles towards maturity. It also draws on the consequences of a failure of an Oedipal ‘working-through’ in the dream material of a young man whose attempts at intimacy were severely hampered by early developmental ‘road-blocks’— ones that were rooted in an early Oedipal impasse.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2020, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.