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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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The emotional association of her persona with the status of abandoned infants furnishes the basic material for a cathectic narrative.
During the weeks that the women spend nestled in the natural majesty of the mountains, perspective does constantly shift, vacillating as wildly as the balance of power and levels of cathectic energy between the star and her personal assistant.
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.
8) Sigmund Freud emphasized the magnetism of melancholia, which "draw[s] to itself cathectic energies .
and convert their freely mobile cathectic energy into a mainly quiescent (tonic) cathexis' (p.