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 (kə-thĕkt′, kă-)
tr.v. ca·thect·ed, ca·thect·ing, ca·thects
To invest emotional energy in (a person, object, or idea).

[Back-formation from cathexis.]

ca·thec′tic adj.


(Psychoanalysis) of or relating to cathexis
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Adj.1.cathectic - of or relating to cathexis
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
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for whom the legacies of human spirit still carry a cathectic charge" (341), Wallace's work returns regularly to certain values: those of paying attention (to ourselves, to each other, to our surroundings), of exteriority in the face of an urge to retreat into solipsism, of shattering illusions of autonomy, of a desire to bridge the gap between self and other, of an understanding that (as Hayles suggests) "everything is connected with everything else" (693), of a conception of the self as what Elizabeth Freudenthal calls a "dynamic object .
They-are carried out bit by bit, at great expense of time and cathectic energy, and in the meantime the existence of the lost object is psychically prolonged.
and at the same time can tutor chaos into rhythmic mimic of cathectic thought.