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    Oedipus

    Right or wrong?

    Oedipus complex
    Oedipal complex

    Hamlet's Oedipus complex
    Hamlet's Oedipal complex

    and should I put "'s" to oedipus and oedipal?
    should the "o" be capitalized in all cases?

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    #2

    Re: Oedipus

    Teachers,
    which is correct?

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    #3

    Re: Oedipus

    I've used the -al ending but it seems that both are correct and about equally represented in Google.

    Capitalize the O - it's based on the story of Oedipus, a person, and therefore a proper noun.

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    #4

    Re: Oedipus

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Teachers,
    which is correct?
    "Oedipus complex" is the term used by psychiatrists/psychoanalysts. "Oedipus-Komplex" is the German original. "Oedipal" can be used as an adjective, as in "He has Oedipal issues". But that's not the formal term.

    By the way, the female counterpart is called the "Electra Complex". There are few references to an "Electral complex"

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