the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
the charge of psychic energy so invested.
Origin of cathexis
1920–25; < New Latin < Greekkáthexis a keeping, equivalent to kathek- (variant stem of katéchein to keep, hold on to, equivalent to kat-cat- + échein to have, hold) + -sis-sis, as translation of GermanBesetzung a taking possession of (Freud's term)
Related formsca·thec·tic[kuh-thek-tik]/kəˈθɛk tɪk/, adjective