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Father complex in psychology is a complex - a group of unconscious associations, or a strong unconscious impulses - which specifically pertains to the image or archetype of the father. These impulses may be either positive (admiring and seeking out older father figures) or negative (distrusting or fearful).

Freud, and psychoanalysis after him, saw 'a Father complex - a male child's feeling of ambivalence towards his father' - as 'one of the aspects of the Oedipus complex'.

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