The Oedipus Conflict as an Outcome of the Circumcision Syndrome

Psychoanalysis diverts one’s attention from circumcision

It is convenient for one to consider that one’s sexual frustration has occurred in the past of which he has no memory as a result of imprinted fears from the preceding generations. This view conceals the real physical suppression of sexuality in adults by readdressing it to early childhood and human prehistory. The psychoanalysis diverts the attention from physical factors causing sexual dissatisfaction and masks the role of circumcision in suppressing sexuality. It relieves fathers of the responsibility for the possible suppression they may exert on their sons’ sexuality by circumcising them.

Psychoanalysis indirectly backs circumcision

Sexuality in Freudian psychology is aggressive, instinctual and destructive. This creates the paradox that perversions are normal and maybe even healthful.

According to psychoanalysis a perfectly repressed sexuality is betrayed only in unconscious activities such as dreams, parapraxes[i] and artistic creativity. An incompletely repressed sexuality results in neuroses due to the need for continuous repression. Failure of repression results in an unsuccessful resolution of the castration anxiety and leads to fixation to earlier libido objects and sexual perversions. It follows that perverts are less frustrated as their libidinal drives are poorly repressed.

Freudian psychoanalysis considers that sexuality and culture are antagonists. Sexuality is primitive, wild and egocentric. It cannot be really cultivated and must be tabooed. Socialization requires that sexuality be suppressed. Normal sexual development involves repression of sexuality. The success of sexual development is proportional to the rate of repression of sexuality. The stronger the repression is the closer to the norm sexuality is. The unrepressed sexuality naturally produces sexual perversions. It is a perversity in itself.

Psychoanalysis considers that the natural development of human sexuality results in sexual perversions. It advocates the need for sexual suppression and in effect silently justifies sexual mutilation

Psychoanalytic doctrine as a psychological compensation of the Circumcision syndrome

Circumcision causes sexual dissatisfaction in adults. Since they cannot straightforwardly identify the source of the dissatisfaction they tend to attribute it to external causes. For that reason sexually frustrated fathers tend to externalize their frustration and to direct it to their sons. They unconsciously blame their infants for the disaffection they experience and are inclined to ascribe undue sexuality to them. In a similar manner circumcised psychologists are tend to find the origin of sexual frustrations anywhere else but in circumcision.

We propose that the incomplete sexual gratification in adults that circumcision causes inclines them to attribute undue sexual motivation to others. The symptoms of the castration anxiety occur in sexually frustrated adults when they try to think about the cause of their dissatisfaction. The uneasiness, uncertainty or jealous suspicions arising in adults due to physical or mental suppression of their sexuality bear the symptoms of castration anxiety. The circumcised fathers become suspicious, jealous and feel sexual restriction when try to they think of their sons’ prepuces. If the frustrated adults were psychologists they would have no choice but to assume that the apparently groundless frustration originated in their early childhood of which they have no conscious memory.

Oedipal feelings are not the sexual desires of children for the mother. They consist in the uncertainty and jealousy that frustrated adults experience and that they tend to readdress. Oedipal feelings are the ungrounded suspicion of existing sex-lust in children for their mother that arises in sexually frustrated adults

Oedipal feelings are the ungrounded suspicion of existing sex-lust in children for their
mother that arises in sexually frustrated adults.

On the other hand the lack of actual proof of oedipal feelings necessities assuming that repressing them leas to the concept of the Oedipus conflict. Attributing the origin of the jealous suspicions to early childhood facilitates development of the concept of Oedipus conflict and castration anxiety. The Oedipus conflict is not the desire of a child to sleep with its mother and to kill its father. It is not the sexually based polarization of children’s affection. The Oedipus conflict is the suspicion arising in sexually frustrated adults that the polarization of children’s affection toward parents derives from sexual desires.

The Oedipus conflict is the suspicion arising in sexually frustrated adults that the polarization of children’s affection toward parents derives from sexual desires.

The castration complex is an idea that tends to emerge in the minds of adult psychologists as a compensation for their sexual frustrations. The castration anxiety does not stem from the fear of castration in a child. It is the aptitude of sexually frustrated adults to ascribe their own sexual disaffection to a formerly repressed sexual affection for the mother (oedipal feelings) on behalf of dominance of their fathers. More generally, the castration anxiety is a concept that stems from the disposition of sexually frustrated adults to attribute their disaffection to external causes of the past.

The castration anxiety is the disposition of sexually frustrated adults to attribute
their disaffection to elusive external causes of the past.

Oedipus feelings, Oedipus conflict and castration anxiety are basic elements of the psychoanalytic doctrine. All of them are mental attitudes that develop in adults as a result of sexual frustration and consist in an ungrounded suspicion of undue sexual desires in others including children. All of them falsify the past and are forms of confabulation. The sexual frustration that powers these dispositions is subtle but real. It may be initiated in childhood and may be physical but begins to be experienced during adult life in the process of sexual maturation.

Psychoanalysis as a psychological defence against circumcision-caused erogenous deficiency

The physical suppression of sexuality evokes disaffection and undue jealousy in adults. The long-term psychological effects of circumcision incline circumcised adults to exaggerate their children’s sexuality and to assume the existence of oedipal feelings and Oedipus conflict. The Circumcision syndrome disposes to deduction of strong sexual drive in children and to equally and unduly strong sexual repression in the childhood. The psychological impact of circumcision inclines the mind to conceptual thinking focussed on the disaffection. It insinuates an impression of a possible existence of oedipal feelings and instigates the development of the concept of an Oedipus conflict and castration anxiety.

Circumcision causes sexual frustration that underlies invention of the Oedipus conflict and castration anxiety. Castration anxiety develops in adults as a result of their sexual frustrations including those induced by their childhood circumcision. Symptoms of the Circumcision complex are indistinguishable from and encompass those of the castration anxiety. Castration anxiety is one of the outcomes of the Circumcision syndrome.

Pedocircumcision normally inflicts sexual deficiency that facilities the development of an apprehensive feeling about sexuality in adults. The mental effects of pedocircumcision may ground ideas about the existence of oedipal feelings in their childhood. The long-term psychological effects of circumcision underlie the invention of the Oedipus conflict and castration anxiety. Both the Oedipal complex and castration anxiety are parts of an unconscious defence strategy of adults to blame their sexual frustration on external causes from the past. Psychoanalytic doctrine may be regarded as a psychological defence mechanism against circumcision-caused erogenous deficiency that alleviates the symptoms of the Circumcision syndrome.[ii]

We suppose that the sensual dissatisfaction produced by circumcision fixated Freud on a conceivable sexual component of the normal child-mother attachment, overemphasized it and impelled him to invent the Oedipus complex and Castration anxiety. We just have arrived to a rational explanation of castration anxiety. Is it not a relief to know that Castration anxiety may be merely a result of a physical suppression of sexuality instead of an irrational fear transferred in generations?

Circumcised fathers cannot be blamed for the sexual frustration that circumcision has caused them. They need to circumcise for their own sake but without realizing this. Similarly, the circumcised psychologist cannot be blamed for their omission to spot the mental consequences of circumcision. Their erogenous deficiency compels them to falsify the origin of sexual frustrations. Still education could help all of them assume the responsibility to discontinue the involuntary transfer of their egocentric needs through generations.


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