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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Definitions for cathect

  1. To invest emotion or feeling in an idea, object, or another person.

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Citations for cathect
Yet such sympathy becomes forceful through mass-cultural stereotypes, visceral and imaginative figures of woman as demon with which readers can easily cathect. David Bruce Suchoff, Critical Theory and the Novel
We cathect something whenever we invest emotional energy in it, whether that something be another person, a rose garden, playing golf, or hating lessons. Morgan Scott Peck, Golf and the Spirit
Origin of cathect
1930-1935
Cathect is a backformation that emerged in the 1930s. It comes from the idea of cathexis from Sigmund Freud's term for emotional investment.