- the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
- the charge of psychic energy so invested.
Origin of cathexis
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- psychoanal concentration of psychic energy on a single goal
C20: from New Latin, from Greek kathexis, from katekhein to hold fast, intended to render German Besetzung a taking possession of
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Word Origin and History for cathexis
1922, from Latinized form of Greek kathexis "holding, retention," from PIE root *segh- "to hold" (see scheme (n.)). Used by psychologists to render Freud's (libido)besetzung.
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- Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.
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