Electra vs Oedipus

The Drama of the Mother–Daughter Relationship

By Hendrika C. Freud

Translated by Marjolijn de Jager

© 2010 – Routledge

216 pages

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pub: 2010-07-21
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About the Book

Electra vs Oedipus explores the deeply complex and often turbulent relationship between mothers and daughters. In contrast to Sigmund Freud’s conviction that the father is the central figure, the book puts forward the notion that women are in fact far more (pre)occupied with their mother.

Drawing on the author’s extensive clinical experience, the book provides numerous case studies which shed light on women’s emotional development. Topics include:

  • love and hate between mothers and daughters
  • the history of maternal love
  • childbirth and depression
  • rejected mothers.

Electra vs Oedipus will be a valuable resource for psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and all those with an interest in the dynamics of the mother–daughter relationship.

Table of Contents

Foreword. Love and Hate Between Mothers and Daughters. The Symbiotic Illusion. History of Maternal Love. Nina: Daughter of a Single Mother. Electra versus Oedipus. What Does Woman Want? Childbirth and Depression. Martha: A Woman in her Middle Years. On Rejected Mothers. History and Hysteria.

About the Author

Hendrika C. Freud is a Psychoanalyst and a Member of The International Psychoanalytic Association and Association for Child Psychoanalysis. She is a teacher, supervisor and training analyst of the Dutch Psychoanalytic Society and The Dutch Psychoanalytic Association and has been in private practice for nearly fifty years.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FAM019000
FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Family Relationships
PSY026000
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / Psychoanalysis
PSY028000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
PSY041000
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family