I have been browsing the questions and answers here within the realm of psychoanalysis and I came across the Jocasta complex in an answer here, which I had not heard about before so I have been looking at this.

There is of course Freud and Jung's theory regarding child to parent attraction which is well known in Psychology. So, we have the male Oedipus complex (Freudian for the son's sexual desires for the mother) and we have the female Electra complex (Jungian for the daughter's sexual desires for the father).

I have now found out that there is Raymond de Saussure's and controversial psychiatrist, Alfred Ames Messer's theories, regarding parent to child attraction. We have the Jocasta complex [the mother's sexual desires for the son] (De Saussure, 1920) and I have also just found out there is the Phaedra complex [the stepmother's sexual desires for the stepson] (Messer, 1969).

I must admit, I do have an issue with these two so-called complexes, but it made me wonder if there are comparators to these where the father has sexual desires for their daughter or stepfather for their stepdaughter.

Combien de mère ne sont-elles pas amoureuses de leur fils? Combien de pères ne sont-ils par amoureux de leur fille?

[How many mothers are not in love with their son? How many fathers are not in love with their daughter?]
(De Saussure, 1920)

I can't seem to find any male parent "complexes" when searching online but I can obviously find the chronophilia terms paedophilia, hebephilia and ephebophilia which to me equally define female sexual attraction to those under the age of consent to sex (which differs worldwide).

If paedophilia/hebephilia/ephebophilia is to be considered a sexual orientation, surely there would be a male comparator?

Female comparator Male comparator
Electra Complex Oedipus Complex
Jocasta Complex ?
Phaedra Complex ?


De Saussure, R. (1920). Le complexe de Jocaste. Internationale Zeitschrift für Psychoanalyse, 6(2), 118-122. https://www.pep-web.org/document.php?id=IZPA.006.0118A

Messer, A. A. (1969). The phaedra complex. Archives of general psychiatry, 21(2), 213-218. https://doi.org/10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740200085012



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