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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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36) Closely related to this is an instinctual defusion: the erotic cathexis is weakened, which leads to the release of destructive cathexes and the emergence of hatred.
In his libidinal-narcissistic economy, sexual intercourse would entail a radical rupture of his womanly self-semblance which resisted a freer and deeper articulation of sexual (erotic) object cathexes and concomitantly, of his own sexual development.
Similarly, a "secondary process" rationalizes cathexes by disguising them as affects that might potentially be satisfying or useful.
That is, * it will be less affirmative of gay identity, which it frequently merely tolerates as a strategic and historical contingency, than of intense cathexes on sexual practices and affective states like desire, abjection, vigor, etc.
The initiate is being purged of his mother's influence and, in Joseph Campbell's words, "all inappropriate infantile cathexes.
He turns his emotional cathexes into persons, he peoples the world with them and meets his internal mental processes again outside himself in just the same way as that intelligent paranoiac, Schreber, found a reflection of the attachments and detachments of his libido in the vicissitudes of his confabulated rays of God.
But acknowledging that Hitler was a lost source of positive feelings, the Mitscherlichs argued, would have compromised Germans' "intense defense against guilt, shame, and anxiety, a defense which was achieved by the withdrawal of previously powerful libidinal cathexes.
But there is a more evocative connection between Ernest's jealousy and his melancholy and, indeed, between the two emotions more generally: in his intense jealousy of Gabriella, Ernest establishes for himself strong emotional cathexes to other men.
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.