The Oedipus, a reread (first part)


In this text I will try to think about this keystone of our psychoanalytic theory, Oedipus. It turns out that society has changed a lot since Freud’s time, and somehow we continue to use the same theoretical framework for over a century; it is therefore about rereading and rethinking what, in my perception, turns out to be the central axis of our theory, so that this new peruse allows us to identify those elements that deserve to be reread, maintained or revised, in order to debate, or above all to preserve a theoretical pillar that has a great value, either descriptively or as a therapeutic tool.

Oedipus, anatomy, difference, identity

[Automatic translation from Catalan]:

Ultimately, a story is created that has a normative destiny and from it a psychopathological theory is reached; that narrative that goes through the assumption of a syntonic identity in the gender of belonging and as a consequence of the choice of the corresponding object.

What reveals this theory is that a man or woman will be, the man as he chooses a woman and the woman as she chooses a man. The Oedipus thought of as this construct, as this process that supports a space of identity construction, which depends on the assumption of gender identity, which, if it turns properly, produces in the aforementioned sense men and women, and, therefore, subjects appropriate to what is supposed to be a natural destination.

It is interesting to think of this Freudian theoretical framework when it refers to feelings of love and hostility, either towards the progenitors of the opposite gender or towards those of the same sex; to think in these terms, to frame this model according to the current patterns of subjective construction or to contemporary family architectures is complicated; that is, by using the signifiers, sex and opposite, we are moving within binary parameters that exclude these current forms of understanding, of constructing both gender identities and object choice, whether loving or sexual, and the various constructive types that the family takes.

Many are the authors who refer to Freud’s reading of the text of Sophocles, many are those who consider it tremendously extrapolated, but one would venture to say that Freudian reading basically focuses on[…]

Joan Homs Vich
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