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Barbre, C. (1999). The Death of Oedipus: A Reconstructive Theological Reflection. Gender and Psychoanalysis, 4(4):517-548.

(1999). Gender and Psychoanalysis, 4(4):517-548

The Death of Oedipus: A Reconstructive Theological Reflection

Claude Barbre, M.S., M.Phil.

Responding to Brothers and Lewinberg's article on the abandonment of oedipal theory in light of theoretical advances espoused by selfobject theory, intersubjectivity theory, and motivational systems theory, the following paper will draw from C. G. Jung's theory of the Self, and Heinz Kohut's notion of self-selfobject relating in order to suggest that ancient spiritual wisdoms may actually reflect modern psychological discourse. An example of this kind of correspondence will be explored in the Christian symbol of the Trinity. By applying a reconstructive method to Freud's oedipal theory in light of his interpretation of religion, we can engage alternative ways of viewing the meeting of psychology and religion—ways that continue to open to further elaborations and responses.

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