Freud's 150th Birthday  

rm_jasmine_girl 39F
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5/4/2006 1:28 pm

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Freud's 150th Birthday

Mood: Freudian

My editor has asked me to write a short piece on Sigmund Freud as it will be his 150th birthday this Saturday. The tricky part is I cannot mention anything about sex, even though sex is the central theme of his oeurve. He thinks the students will find it disturbing to know that Hamlet, or every young boy, unconciously wants to kill his father and sleep with his mother.

Years ago I came across a Mother's Day related feature in Marie Claire. The writer talked about the Oedipus complex and if it still applies to men nowadays. She interviewed a few men whose wife bears the strangest resemblance to the picture of their mother taken 20 or 30 years ago. They, including the wife, didn't realise the uncanny until it was pointed out to them. They admitted they were quite surprised.

Then they tried to rationalise the whole thing by saying it could be because of the amount of time they spent with their mother when they were young. And since they weren't just looking for a partner but a good mother as well, it's natural for them to be attracted to women who look like their mother, or have similar personalities per se.

While I certainly don't look like any of my ex's mother, the closest comment I got was one of them said the things I did, such as making pancakes for breakfast, knitting gloves, playing mahjong ... did remind him of his mother. But in terms of personality, I was more like his father since we were both very private persons.

So Oedipus, what do you reckon?

spacecadet561 61M

5/4/2006 3:22 pm

My wife looks very little like my mother. I'm developing a resemblance to my father-in-law as I go bald.


rm_poleforlick 52M

5/8/2006 4:59 am

It's amazing that many men do not realize that they gravitate towards women who resemble (physically or verbally) their mother.

Does it work in reverse, because I'm a carbon copy of my wife's father?

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