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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

cathexis

\kuh-THEK-sis\ , noun;
1.
Psychoanalysis. the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
2.
Psychoanalysis. the charge of psychic energy so invested.
Quotes:
She remembered so clearly the surprise of that first cathexis with Earth across the light-years…
-- Ian Watson, Very Slow Time Machine, 1979
Now our primary libidinal cathexis is with machines. Cars, power tools, computers, Kitchen Aids, audiophile equipment.
-- Curtis White, Requiem, 2001
Origin:
Cathexis ultimately comes from the Proto-Indo-European root segh- meaning "to hold." It entered English in the 1920s.
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