Electra complex In Freudian thinking, a girl’s attachment to her father; named after the mythical Electra who killed her mother and mother’s lover in order to avenge her father’s death.
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Electra complex refers to Freud's theory that girls realize during the Phallic stage that they don't have a penis and are horrified at the discovery. They also realize that their mothers don't have penises and disdain females for this deficit; an attraction for the father ensues, following the belief that he can provide a penis. The incestuous desire of a daughter for her father; in Freudian theory, the notion that young girls desire their fathers. Moreover, during the phallic stage (ages 4 to 5), the unconscious desire of a girl for her father, accompanied by a desire to replace or destroy her mother.
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