Electra versus Oedipus
One might wonder what would have happened had psychoanalysis been the brainchild of a woman rather than of a man. Instead of the Oedipus story – a man’s drama – it is likely that the myth of Electra would have been the point of departure. It oﬀers an excellent illustration of some of the pitfalls that women face in their development. Had the ﬁrst psychoanalytic thinker been female, the mother might well have played a far more signiﬁcant role. It was not until after he had formulated the greater part of his theory that Freud described the emotional ramiﬁcations of the special mother-daughter bond.