Blame It On the Daddy Issues

Sunday, March 25, 2012 Andrea Lo 2 Comments

Most people are familiar with the term 'daddy issues'. Stereotypically seen as a set of characteristics associated with women who grew up without love and affection from her father, the behaviours exhibited in women attached with this label supposedly include promiscuity, excessive flirtation, attention-seeking, dressing provocatively, etc.

The idea of daddy issues derives from Carl Jung's psychological theory of the Electra Complex, which was in turn parallel to the pioneering idea of the Oedipus Complex developed by Jung's celebrated contemporary, Sigmund Freud.

Daddy Issues is a term that gets thrown around a lot. Girls with emotional hang-ups often readily attribute their neediness as well as desire for attention to the stereotypical idea, citing it as a way of supposedly compensating for the affection they did not receive from their father. On the CW's acclaimed TV series Gossip Girl, the provocative wardrobe choices for the lead character, Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) are explained by way of her severe Daddy Issues.

Similarly, in Sex and the City, after receiving unwanted sexual advances from her elderly male editor at her new job at Vogue, Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) wonders whether her father walking out on her family has had an effect on her, and might be the cause of her lifelong troubles with men. To which Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) replies as follows: 'My father came home every night at seven on the dot, and I have no clue about men either.'

Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen pictured with her on-screen father, played by William Baldwin

I think the concept of daddy issues is warped. Although I am not a psychologist, I think that surely there are other reasons that explain why some girls portray themselves as shameless hussies. Some say it is a rite of passage for young women. I say it just might be that some girls are more slutty than others. Similarly, there are girls who grew up with the absence of a father, who go on to become young women with tremendous high virtues, independence and self respect. If only the natural instinctive states of mind of women were as simple as that.

Whether or not you believe in Jung's theory, it would be wise to consider the impacts caused by daddy issues and to be aware of their so-called existence in many women today.


  1. Damn I love her dress with those shoes...

  2. i had never heard of 'daddy issues'