Psychoanalysis considers that the sexual ingredient of oedipal feelings is similar to lasciviousness in adults. This, however, contradicts the endocrinologcal facts.[i] Knowing about the role of sex hormones in sexual motivation and their differential proportion in sexes we do not need the Oedipus complex to explain neither the aggression, vanity and rudeness of men for which children dislike their fathers nor the emotionally warm, submissive and insecure personality of women for which children like their mothers. Likewise, the biological facts that the secretion of sex hormones depends on age and is very low before puberty disprove the strength of the sexual element in the mother-child attachment and question the worth of the oedipal complex and the castration anxiety.

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