The Laius complex: From myth to psychoanalysis

  title={The Laius complex: From myth to psychoanalysis},
  author={Iris Levy},
  journal={International Forum of Psychoanalysis},
  pages={222 - 228}
  • Iris Levy
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • International Forum of Psychoanalysis
Abstract The “Laius complex,” named after Oedipus' filicidal and pederastic father, refers to the murderous and incestuous wishes of a parent toward a child. In its broader meaning, the Laius complex also includes any wish on the part of one in authority to symbolically murder or diminish a subordinate. Although the stories from myth and religion, as well as our own personal experiences and clinical observations, give us ample evidence of parental aggression and hostility, the Laius complex has… Expand
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