Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
:
Login
Tip: To keep track of most popular articles…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

You can always keep track of the Most Popular Journal Articles on PEP Web by checking the PEP tab found on the homepage.

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

Jackson, D.D. (1954). Some Factors Influencing the Oedipus Complex. Psychoanal Q., 23:566-581.

(1954). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 23:566-581

Some Factors Influencing the Oedipus Complex

Don D. Jackson, M.D.

SUMMARY

Clinical material from a group of six female patients is presented to characterize a type of reaction related to emotional difficulties in their Oedipal situations as a consequence of the special circumstances of their rearing. This communication attempts to emphasize the specific character of the parental interaction as a decisive factor in the patient's personality.

From their behavior, these women appeared to have a strong sexual attachment to the father and they were constantly

creating triangular situations in their personal relationships. Beneath this lay an unresolved longing for the mother that kept them from genuinely relating to men or to women. Their lack of identification with the mother and overcompensatory attachment to the father made them feel like boys who despised their femaleness and were afraid of and competitive with men. The main devices for escaping their unbearable dilemma were pregnancy fantasies or actual childbearing. The parental interaction constituted a nidus for the development of the girl's hysterical and phobic symptoms, and acting out.

[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 © 2021, 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.