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Zepf, S. Ullrich, B. Seel, D. (2016). Oedipus and the Oedipus Complex: A Revision. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 97(3):685-707.

(2016). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 97(3):685-707

Oedipus and the Oedipus Complex: A Revision

Prof. em. Siegfried Zepf, M.D., Burkhard Ullrich and Dietmar Seel

(Accepted for publication 17 August 2014)

The authors consider whether those aspects of the Oedipus myths that have been ignored by Freud could improve our knowledge of how the Oedipus complex develops. They conclude that the myths can provide an answer to Freud's question posed on the 25 February 1914 (Nunberg and Federn, 1975, p. 234) concerning “the extent to which the Oedipus complex is a reflection of the sexual behavior of the parents” with Fenichel's (1931, p. 421) view that the “child's Oedipus complex reflects that of his parents”.

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