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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she can make herself into a "possessed" agent through the counterinvestment of the violence she encounters.
"[W]hen a woman feels ruthlessly isolated and becomes aware of her affective experience as a woman or her status as a social being who remains unknown to the discourse and the powers that be...she can make herself into a 'possessed' agent through the counterinvestment of the violence she encounters." Ultimately "[t]his terrorist violence, which is inevitably directed against the regimes of current bourgeois democracies, assigns itself a program of liberation that consists of an order even more repressive and sacrificial than the one it is fighting." This seems like a case of damned if you do, damned if you don't.
To ask this is to ask with Foucault, "How was the action of these power relations modified by their very exercise, entailing a strengthening of some terms and a weakening of others, with effects of resistance and counterinvestments ...?"(170) For this question, I venture a response that suggests a slightly non-Foucauldian maneuver: to pay attention both to representation and discourse simultaneously.
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