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 7 November 2011
  • Psychology
  • 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… 
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