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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Although looking through a psychoanalytic lens, Kohut (1966) also expresses the significance of existential dimensions as he describes the deepest forms of humour as potentially being a healthy transformation of narcissism allowing us to confront death without resorting to denial or hypercathexis of objects.
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.
From this Thing, however, the object will emerge the very stuff of reality through the intervention of the secondary process, with its inhibition of the drives, its hypercathexis of word-presentations, and its constitution of the ego.