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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I should say that the phrase you pick out makes me think: things don't cathect; people cathect.
a strategy of willed distance from particular objects in the world and the needs and desires that connect or cathect individuals to them" (1995, 67).
For example, when individuals cathect their perceptions of outside objects, they become more important and valuable.
The Freudian model is that love, or sexual energy, is a force within the individual looking for an object on which to cathect.