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Revista Brasileira de Psicanálise

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PAIM FILHO, Ignácio A.; FISCHER, Magali; VASCONCELLOS, Maria Cristina Garcia  and  KLARMANN, Regina Pereira. The Intimidated Oedipus: From Profane to Desecrated. Rev. bras. psicanál [online]. 2018, vol.52, n.4, pp. 141-152. ISSN 0486-641X.

The authors reflect on the innovative nature of both Oedipus and castration complexes. Concepts that broke with the hegemony of genital sexuality by proposing the psychic bisexuality, the psychosexuality. The authors look at the current time, a time of multiple sexualities which often propose a rupture with the subject's history and deny the castration. The authors ask: is it a history without history? Is it a time without time, when the old Freud's Oedipus has changed from profane to desecrated? Are we living in a time of an intimidated Oedipus? Do we, psychoanalysts, also feel intimidated when facing this cultural challenge? In the light of these ideas, the authors discuss a tv report about a family who proposes to raise their children gender neutral. How to support the vicissitudes of both Oedipus and castration complexes as what gives structure to infantile sexuality and the soul? What is happening to the identification process? How to relate bisexuality to the vicissitudes of this tragedy of fate in contemporaneity?

Keywords : Oedipus complex; castration complex; psychosexuality; bisexuality; contemporaneity.

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