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'''Castration anxiety''' is an idea put forth by [[Sigmund Freud]] in his writings on the [[Oedipus complex]]; it posits a deep-seated fear or [[anxiety]] in boys and men said to originate during the [[genital]] stage of [[sexual development]]. It asserts that boys, when seeing a [[vulva|girl's genitalia]], will falsely assume that the girl had her [[penis]] removed, probably as punishment for some misbehavior. The boy then becomes anxious lest the same happen to him.
 
'''Castration anxiety''' is an idea put forth by [[Sigmund Freud]] in his writings on the [[Oedipus complex]]; it posits a deep-seated fear or [[anxiety]] in boys and men said to originate during the [[genital]] stage of [[sexual development]]. It asserts that boys, when seeing a [[vulva|girl's genitalia]], will falsely assume that the girl had her [[penis]] removed, probably as punishment for some misbehavior. The boy then becomes anxious lest the same happen to him.
   
It is worth noting that in some cultures, notably 19th century Europe, it was not unheard of for parents to threaten their misbehaving sons with castration, or to otherwise threaten their genitals, a phenomenon Freud documents several times. This may help to explain Freud's reasoning regarding castration anxiety's role in [[Developmental psychology|human development]].
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It is worth noting that in some cultures, notably 19th century Europe, it was not unheard of for parents to threaten their misbehaving sons with [[castration]], or to otherwise threaten their genitals, a phenomenon Freud documents several times. This may help to explain Freud's reasoning regarding castration anxiety's role in [[Developmental psychology|human development]].
   
 
==See also==
 
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* [[Body image disturbances]]
 
* [[Penis envy]]
 
* [[Penis envy]]
 
* [[Penis panic]]
 
* [[Penis panic]]
 
* [[Vagina dentata]]
 
* [[Vagina dentata]]
   
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[[Category:Anxiety disorders]]
 
[[Category:Freudian psychology]]
 
[[Category:Freudian psychology]]
 
[[Category:Penis]]
 
[[Category:Penis]]
   
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Castration anxiety is an idea put forth by Sigmund Freud in his writings on the Oedipus complex; it posits a deep-seated fear or anxiety in boys and men said to originate during the genital stage of sexual development. It asserts that boys, when seeing a girl's genitalia, will falsely assume that the girl had her penis removed, probably as punishment for some misbehavior. The boy then becomes anxious lest the same happen to him.

It is worth noting that in some cultures, notably 19th century Europe, it was not unheard of for parents to threaten their misbehaving sons with castration, or to otherwise threaten their genitals, a phenomenon Freud documents several times. This may help to explain Freud's reasoning regarding castration anxiety's role in human development.

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