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cathexis

 [kah-thek´sis]
in psychiatry, conscious or unconscious investment of psychic energy in a person, idea, or any other object. adj., adj cathec´tic.

ca·thex·is

(kă-thek'sis),
A conscious or unconscious attachment of psychic energy to an idea, object, or person.
[G. kathexis, a holding in, retention]

cathexis

/ca·thex·is/ (kah-thek´sis) conscious or unconscious investment of psychic energy in a person, idea, or any other object.cathec´tic

cathexis

[kəthek′sis]
Etymology: Gk, kathexis, retention
the conscious or unconscious attachment of emotional feeling and importance to a specific idea, person, or object. cathectic, adj.

ca·thex·is

(kă-thek'sis)
A conscious or unconscious attachment of psychic energy to an idea, object, or person.
[G. kathexis, a holding in, retention]

cathexis

A Freudian concept in which ‘emotional energy’ is said to be concentrated on, or attached to, an idea, person or object, in much the way, according to Freud, that an electric charge can be retained on insulating material. The investment of ‘libidinal’ energy in something. See also FREUDIAN THEORY.
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