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2 definitions found
 for cathexis
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cathexis \Cath*ex"is\, n. [Gr. ka`qexis, keeping.]
     1. (Psychiatry) the process of investing mental, emotional,
        or libidinal energy or significance in an object, person,
        or idea.
        [PJC]
  
     2. (Psychiatry) the emotional or libidinal energy invested in
        an object, person, or idea.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cathexis
      n 1: (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea
           or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a
           psychic analog of an electrical charge" [syn: cathexis,
           charge]

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