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 a term devised by Freud, to describe the intense sexual lovethat a young boy develops toward his mother, which is followed by jealousy and rivalry with his father to seek the attention andaffection of the mother. The son subsequently demonstrates castrationanxiety, fearing that his father might castrate him for his incestuous feelings towardshis mother, and so represses his feelings and identifies with his father.

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June 19th 2021


in operantconditioning, a method to increase the probability and strength of aresponse by removing or withholding an aversive stimuli  (negative reinforcer)