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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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Concentrated focus assists in defining a dynamic focus upon which to work as well as sufficient cathected energy to motivate change.
For this desire is a literary desire which cathects onto Mathilda's father the affect associated with the Godwinian hero: an outcast or a kind of sublime abject haunted by some dark secret which is both horrifying and subversive.
This is to say that anachronism, the language that cathects it, and the feelings that attend it, are a central concern of Hyperion both formally and conceptually.
"Until her reformation, Emma is unable to 'fix' her 'affections' on 'the proper object,' much as, mutatis mutandis, a Freudian narcissist cannot 'cathect' his 'libido' onto an external 'object choice'" (Miller 1981, 13).
Kristeva recommends that a melancholic woman locate a partner who can lead her to cathect "her autoeroticism in a jouissance of the other (separate, symbolic, phallic)" (Kristeva 1989, 78).
As the means by which the primary process aspires to the condition of "perceptual identity" - aspires, that is, to the resolution of tension through the hallucinatory return of the intense, but incoherent and unstable, sensory perceptions associated with previous experiences of discharging intolerable quantities of energy - the Thing is merely a screen for, or a loosely cathected materialization of, the differential force of the drive.