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This archetype was described as Carl Jung as a person with great judgment and wisdom.  The wise old man is sometimes referred to as the Sage. This archetype is characterized by being old, bearded, father-figure type who uses his great personal knowledge of the world and offer guidance through stories and may impress upon his [...]

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Oedipus


http://www.dreamsemantics.com/2009/02/oedipus/

Oedipus was a mythical Greek king who was prophesized by the Oracle at Delphi that he would kill his father, marry his mother and put his country chaos.   The Oedipus Complex is also the term used by Sigmund Freud to describe a neuroses where a male child experiences  unconscious desire to have the exclusive love of his mother, even feeling jelousy towards his father.

Oedipus was the son of King Larius and Queen Jocasta,  His parents consulted the  Oracle at Delphi before he was born.  After which, his parents gave him to a herdsman and instructed him to kill the baby.  The herdsman felt pity for the infant and gave him to another herdsman.   The second herdsman brought Oedipus to the king of Cornith, Polybus and his wife Merope.  The king and queen adopted Oedipus and raised him as their own son.  Many years later Oedipus was told by a drunk that he was adopted.  Polybus and Merope denied this and Oedipus instead went to an Oracle who told him that he was destined to kill his father and marry his mother.  Oedipus, thinking that the Oracle meant Polybus and Merope, decided to leave Corinth for Thebes.

Before reaching Thebes, he encountered a cross-road where he encountered King Larius.  A confrontation ensued ending in Oedipus killing Larius.  Continuing his journey, he encountered the Sphinx which asked him a riddle to answer in order to pass.  She asked: “What walks on four feet in the morning, two in the afternoon and three at night?”. Oedipus answered: “Man; as an infant, he crawls on all fours, as an adult, he walks on two legs and, in old age, he relies on a walking stick”.  Oedipus was the first to answer her question correctly and as a consequence the Sphinx threw herself to her death.  As a reward, the Thebans proclaimed Oedipus as their king and gave him the recently widowed Jocasta for his wife.

Oedipus and Jocasta had four children, two sons and two daughters.  When a plague struck Thebes, he sent Jocasta’s brother, Creon to consult the Oracle.  Creon returned with the news that the plague would only end if the murderer of King Larius was found and killed or exiled.  Oedipus eventually found out that it was he who killed King Larius and Jocasta also found out that she had married her own son.  As a result, she hanged herself in the palace.  When Oedipus found her dead, he gouged his own eyes and lived in exile.  Their children took over the ruling of Thebes but often disagreed and ended up killing each other.

Sigmund Freud named the Oedipus complex after the Greek mythology.  It is an unconscious desire to possess the parent of the opposite sex and eliminate the parent of the same sex.  Individuals who suffer from this neurosis are either “father fixated” or “mother fixated” and reveal this by choosing partners who resemble their parents as surrogates.

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One Response to “Oedipus”

Luther M.

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