castration anxiety


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Related to castration anxiety: castration complex, Electra complex
  • noun

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(psychoanalysis) anxiety resulting from real or imagined threats to your sexual functions

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She could understand castration anxiety in guilty adults, she said.
He, on the other hand, seems plagued by delay, avoidance, castration anxiety, and doubt, and perhaps could have been read also in relation to Lacan's interpretation of Hamlet, the story of another well-known procrastinator.
Alleging seduction, sodomy, incest, and bestiality, his diagnosis of Eakins includes scopophilia, castration anxiety, and even compulsive milk-drinking (because the painter "felt deprived of maternal affection").
It replaces the "missing" imaginary female penis with a symbolic phallus, thereby warding off castration anxiety and disavowing the anatomical distinction between the sexes by paradoxically erecting a hypercathected monument to both.
The fetish, writes Eby, "replaces the `missing' imaginary female penis with a symbolic phallus, thereby warding off castration anxiety and disavowing the anatomical distinction between the sexes by paradoxically erecting a hypercathected monument to both" (73).