cathexis

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cathexis

[kə′thek·səs]
(psychology)
In psychoanalytic theory, the investing of libidinal energy in an activity, object, or person.
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After the trauma of a failed dream, the Church needs to withdraw its cathexes from the lost love-object, to work through its melancholic fixation, and free itself for a new object of desire.
The way in which it takes shape between analyst and analysand is analogous to the double bind of literary interpretation, chaining writer and reader in a complex exchange of cathexes.
Freud's vocabulary would have Arnold using form to make appropriate cathexes, to face down and bring under control the demands made by the instincts at birth.
29) Given the acute overtness and intensity of the sexual conjunction with his feminine self-object, this experience may well initiate a new bout of constructive cathexes of self-representations featuring dream scenarios akin to the ones he had before.