Next Article in Journal
The Natural-Artificial Distinction and the Technologization of Sport
Previous Article in Journal
Internal Values of Sport and Bio-Technologized Sport
Open AccessOpinion

Freud’s Oedipus Complex in the #MeToo Era: A Discussion of the Validity of Psychoanalysis in Light of Contemporary Research

1
Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Parkville 3010, Victoria, Australia
2
School of Medicine (Mental Health–Art Therapy), University of Queensland, Herston 4029, Queensland, Australia
Philosophies 2020, 5(4), 27; https://doi.org/10.3390/philosophies5040027
Received: 28 June 2020 / Revised: 27 August 2020 / Accepted: 28 September 2020 / Published: 3 October 2020
The Oedipus complex is a child development construct developed by Sigmond Freud that asserts that all children experience sexual desire towards their opposite sex parent, and failure to accept this “truth” can lead to mental health issues. Freud also asserted that children are not harmed by acts of sexual violence. In contrast, the #MeToo movement is a global incentive aimed at creating an awareness of the harm that sexual violence can cause. In many regards, #MeToo is a reaction against a systemic failure to prevent sexual violence from occurring in the first place. By contrasting Freudian ideas with #MeToo, I argue that the enduring popularity of Freud and his psychoanalytic ideas is a negative influence on culture. In the light of contemporary research from cognitive psychology, psychosocial considerations, child development, and trauma-informed practices, Freudian ideas can be proven to be fallible. Moreover, dispelling misleading assumptions about sexual desires is a beneficial endeavour towards reducing the likelihood of future sexual violence. Additionally, I explore Freudian interpretations of mythology and propose that he misappropriated ancient belief systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: Freud; Oedipus complex; #MeToo; psychoanalysis; child development; symbol interpretations; art appreciation; mythology Freud; Oedipus complex; #MeToo; psychoanalysis; child development; symbol interpretations; art appreciation; mythology
MDPI and ACS Style

Spencer, R. Freud’s Oedipus Complex in the #MeToo Era: A Discussion of the Validity of Psychoanalysis in Light of Contemporary Research. Philosophies 2020, 5, 27.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Article Access Map by Country/Region

1
Back to TopTop