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Do you think Sigmund Freud's notion of the Oedipus Complex can be supported by empirical science?

  • Sigmund Freud's Notion

    I personally think that Sigmund Freud's notion of the Oedipus Complex cannot be supported by empirical science. There is no sexual gravitation when someone is that young to a parent of the opposite sex. They might have a preference for a parent's and wish to exclude the other parent from the closeness, but it does not go further than that to an inappropriate level.

  • I think Freud got it mostly right.

    Wow, that's a really controversial question. I personally believe that Freud wasn't so much of an analyst as he was an over-analyst, reading far too much into every movement, thought and idea a person had. The Oedipus Complex, though, seems to have some validity, just not in the universal sense that Freud believed -- not every male child has it.

  • It is psychology.

    No, I do not think that Sigmund Freud's notion of the Oedipus Complex can be supported by empirical science, because psychology is not something that is always supported by science. Also, the Oedipus Complex is a psychological deviation. Because it is not normal, it is harder to find the science to support it.

  • Sigmund Freud's notion of the Oedipus Complex can not be supported by empirical science.

    Sigmund Freud's notion of the Oedipus Complex can not be supported by empirical science. The sexual gravitation of a child towards their parent of the opposite sex cannot be measure empirically. It may be possible to conduct an empirical study of a child's preference towards one parent over another, but there would be no way of knowing whether that gravitation has anything to do with sexual attraction.

  • Freud's theory has not been proven.

    Sigmund Freud's notion of the Oedipus Complex cannot be supported by empirical science. There is no sexual gravitation when someone is that young to a parent of the opposite sex. They might have a preference for a parent's and wish to exclude the other parent from the closeness, but it does not go further than that to an inappropriate level.


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