Oedipus Сomplex in Children: What Parents Need to Know
Sigmund Freud got the name for the Oedipal complex from the ancient Greek myth of Oedipus, a king of Athens cursed by the gods for killing his father and marrying his mother. Freud used the term “Oedipus complex” to describe a child’s desire for their opposite-sex parent and feelings of envy, jealousy, resentment, and competition with the same-sex parent.
It’s important to note that there’s very little evidence that the Oedipus (or Electra) complex is real. It is not listed as a psychological condition in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by clinicians to diagnose psychological conditions and disorders.