cathectic


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ca·thect

 (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.
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cathectic

(kəˈθɛktɪk)
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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Affect and artifacts that underpin social relationships in the film draw from the political and cultural unconscious, hence enabling the cathectic relationship between the local audience and the film text.
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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....
(7) The word "trauma," drawn from the Greek term for a physical wound, signifies not only an "external body injury," but also a "psychic injury" resulting from "emotional shock, the memory of which is repressed and remains unhealed." (8) Sigmund Freud emphasized the magnetism of melancholia, which "draw[s] to itself cathectic energies ...