In psychoanalysis, a patient's excessive investment of libido or interest in an object, person, or idea.
[hyper- + G. kathexis, a holding in, retention]
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Like repression, anxiety constitutes the protective shield against stimuli: 'preparedness for anxiety and the hypercathexis of the receptive systems constitute the last line of defence of the shield against stimuli.
For the scriptural precedents that underpinned the practice of wall-writing there--Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:18-21; Deuteronomy 27:2-3; and Daniel 5:5-30--all understand the wall as the site of a hypercathexis (a writing) that draws attention to things already known.