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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.


vb (tr)
to invest mental or emotional energy in


(kəˈθɛkt, kæ-)

v.t. Psychoanal.
to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).
[1930–35; back formation from cathectic relating to cathexis]
ca•thec′tic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cathect - inject with libidinal energy
energize, perk up, energise, stimulate, arouse, brace - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
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11) When many fans think about Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, their thoughts are cathected with positive associations and positive emotions that arise from their experiences with the work.
21) His anger at this development is cathected in "To Immagination" in the depictions of the Indian mineworkers and in a later scene set on a West Indian slave plantation, where a measure of identification with an exploited and insecure class raises its head.
When information travels it changes--it becomes open to reinterpretation and negotiation, it is cathected and de-cathected in new ways.
The image that followed in the chain of associations confirmed Freud's argument that alongside the residue of the day, it is memories from childhood that are most commonly cathected in dream symbols.
As such, Kelly's attempt to address it comes as a "set of ever-shifting self-referential practices," or a "moving target" (Smith and Watson 2001: 3) that is to signal an embodied and strongly cathected experience that to a large extent happens outside of language and manifests itself through symptoms.
This desire is cathected onto objects that he leaves behind and which she appropriates, for example his cigarettes and lighter.
Duetsch posited that in cooperative contexts, effective actions are cathected positively and bungling actions are cathected negatively.
Ideas of play and tactility also figure prominently, of course, in McLuhan's "global village"--a "tribal," nonlinear society that was supposed to be the inevitable result of a culture cathected to TV.
By cordoning off the sport's primary means to signification, Muybridge lays the groundwork for what Mary Ann Doane says is true of early film in general: "the earliest films display more vividly the fact that chance and contingency are the highly cathected sites not only of pleasure but of anxiety.
12) Winnicott's most well-known theory, that of the transitional object, relies fundamentally on "the paradox, and the acceptance of the paradox: the baby creates the object, but the object was there waiting to be created and to become a cathected object": paradox is, Winnicott reminds us, the theory's "essential feature" (Playing 119).
Tipping is a musical activity that, for many of my associates, is also highly cathected with sociohistorical associations of sex work.
Taken to its most problematic extreme, Lee Edelman argues in No Future that queer subjects who have been cathected as the death drive of the social should embrace such a position and seek to proliferate the dissolution of the Symbolic order, divesting themselves of any symbolic identifications and exploiting the disruptive potential of 'queer' jouissance.