from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To invest emotional energy in (a person, object or idea).
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- v. To focus one's emotional energies on something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. to inject with libidinal energy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. inject with libidinal energy
Peck uses the word cathect divisively, claiming that people can only
She refuses to "cathect" to the trial, and I would be derelict in my responsibility if I failed to point out that Microsoft Word 2002 does not recognize the existence of the word "cathect."
Even more conveniently, the left has the right's history of racism, the bloodstain on its nightshirt, onto which we can cathect all our hostilities in one easy swing.
The wife refuses to cathect to the Libby trial because she says, with cause, that we've already been burned once by Patrick "Fitz!"
Hence the verbs to cathect, decathect, and hypercathect, the last referring to the defensive manoeuvre (see DEFENCE) of investing in one process in order to facilitate REPRESSION of another.
But there is not yet a self sufficient for him to cathect to in the way that he had cathected to her.
Tylim, citing Jacobson (1964) and Eisnitz (1969, 1974), noted that because of the danger of the immediacy of forbidden incestuous parental objects, the teenager withdraws cathexis from object representations, to cathect the self-representation.
Well, standards of proof amongst those who cathect on politics are low in general.
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