Cathexis meaning

kə-thĕksĭs
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Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.
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(psychoanalysis) Concentration of psychic energy on some particular person, thing, idea, or aspect of the self.
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(psychoanalysis) The concentration of libido or emotional energy on a single object or idea.
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Origin of cathexis

  • Greek kathexis holding, retention from katekhein to hold fast kat-, kata- intensive pref. cata– ekhein to hold segh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ancient Greek κάθεξις (kathexis, holding, retention). Entered English language as a translation for the common everyday German word Besetzung, which in this context means "occupation" in the sense of a position or something being occupied or filled, and not a military occupation of a place or the filling of job positions (although it can also mean either of these in other contexts). In English translations, a Greek word was used to be more scientific.

    From Wiktionary