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The term "counter-Oedipus" generally designates the complete set of parental displays of the father's or mother's own oedipal conflict. Thus in these displays we can expect to find themes of incest and murder.

In numerous passages Freud discussed how parents replay their infantile Oedipus complex in the present, yet he never used the term "counter-Oedipus" to refer to these displays.

In 1979 Francis Pasche, returning to themes in Freud's article "The Acquisition and Control of Fire" (1932a), analyzed the relationship of Zeus,...