chapter  6
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Summary

The most widely known among these three areas is characterized by the number 3, and may be called the area of the Oedipus conflict. This is rightly described as the nuclear complex, for all human development-individual or collective-must pass through it and will then bear for ever the imprint of the solution that the individual or the civilization in question has found in its struggle with the conflicts involved. The whole area is characterized by the fact that everything that happens in it involves in addition to the subject at least two parallel objects. The force operating at this level has the form of a conflict originating, as a rule, from the ambivalence created by the complexities of the relationship between the individual and his two parallel objects.