cathect

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cathect

(kə-thĕkt′, kă-)
tr.v. ca·thected, ca·thecting, ca·thects
To invest emotional energy in (a person, object, or idea).

ca·thec′tic adj.
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subject cathecting with (which is not to say desiring) the other.
Kant's warning to the "adventurous seafarer" in favor of a cathecting glance on the map of the homeland should not be too hastily reduced to the fact that Kant "didn't get out of Konigsberg," as Hegel remarks.
Eventually moving from the content of his father's Methodist religion, Brooks apparently was no longer able to invest belief in the inerrancy of the biblical word; he nevertheless retained the form of his father's religion, now cathecting to and substituting the poetic word.