Tuesday, December 17, 2013
cathexis noun [kuh-THEK-sis] Psychoanalysis. the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
Definitions for cathexis
- Psychoanalysis. the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
- Psychoanalysis. the charge of psychic energy so invested.
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Citations for cathexis
She remembered so clearly the surprise of that first cathexis with Earth across the light-years…
Now our primary libidinal cathexis is with machines. Cars, power tools, computers, Kitchen Aids, audiophile equipment.
Origin of cathexis
Cathexis ultimately comes from the Proto-Indo-European root segh- meaning "to hold." It entered English in the 1920s.