anticathexis


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anticathexis

 [an″tĭ-kah-thek´sis]
in psychoanalysis, the energy required for the ego to maintain repression of unacceptable ideas and impulses.

an·ti·ca·thex·is

(an'tē-kă-thek'sis),
In psychoanalysis, the shifting of an emotional charge to an impulse or action of an opposite character; for example, unconscious hatred expressed as conscious love.
Synonym(s): counterinvestment
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However, its border with the unconscious is special in that the cross-over would entail the overcoming of energetically charged barriers (the mechanism of repression and anticathexis).
For this protection the consciousness makes the energy that can counter the unconscious energy: 'the ego was obliged to protect itself against the constant threat of a renewed advance on the part of the repressed impulse by making a permanent expenditure of energy, an anticathexis, and it thus impoverished itself.' (Freud 1959: 30) So, the repression is considered as the countermeasure against the breaking through of the protective shield.
repression is described from the outset as a dynamic operation implying the maintenance of an anticathexis, and liable at any moment to be defeated by the strength of the unconscious wish which is striving to return into consciousness and motility" (p.