The Oedipus Complex has fascinated psychologists for decades, but what, if anything does it tell us about human nature?: gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-oedipus-effect
Many writers, from Sophocles to Freud, have seen profound significance in the story of Oedipus who killed his father and married his mother. What does this tell us about human nature? Is there any support for the theories of these complexes? Is there a natural inclination toward incest, or is incest avoidance the norm?
To what extent is our choice of partners influenced by early experience of our parents and our relationship with them?
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/the-oedipus-effect
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