castration complex

noun

in Freudian psychoanalytic theory
: a child's fear or delusion of genital injury at the hands of the parent of the same sex as punishment for unconscious guilt over oedipal strivings
broadly : the often unconscious fear or feeling of bodily injury or loss of power at the hands of authority

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“Castration complex.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/castration%20complex. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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