But even this factor cannot seriously undermine the spontaneous character of the childish oedipus-complex.
You will remember that we were led to a similar alternative in the discussion of the oedipus-complex.
The oedipus-complex expands and becomes a family-complex when other children appear.
Now you will be impatient to discover what this frightful oedipus-complex consists of.
But it would be a vain endeavor to explain the whole of the oedipus-complex by "imagining back," and as related to later times.
In this sense the oedipus-complex is correctly designated as the nucleus of the neurosis.
Oedipus complex Oed·i·pus complex (ěd'ə-pəs, ē'də-)
In psychoanalytic theory, a subconscious sexual desire in a child, especially a male child, for the parent of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by hostility to the parent of the same sex.
In Freudian theory, the unconscious desire of a young child for sexual intercourse with the parent of the opposite sex, especially between boys and their mothers (see genital stage). Followers of the psychologist Sigmund Freud long believed that the Oedipus complex was common to all cultures, although many psychiatrists now refute this belief. The Oedipus complex is named after the mythical Oedipus, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.