Both resonating with Fassbinder and diverging from Sirk's cathexes
, Darboven arranges an array of errant mementos: stationery from the Gramercy Park Hotel (creating a link to her and his time in New York); pre- and postwar German postcards, depicting bucolic vacation spots, pleasure craft, zeppelins, illustrations of soldiers helping their own on the battlefield, the destroyed "Hermann Goring Haus," an anonymous fraulein.
If we think about the cinema in these terms, we can imagine it as a space and process of identification unbounded, in which the spectator engages in multiple, often conflicting or contradictory cathexes
not structurally organized or demanded by the cinema nor the film on the screen, but nevertheless occasioned by them.
Freud's hypotheses about infantile sexual traumas and their repression, his theories of erotic drives and the way civilization is built on "sublimating" them, his complexes and cathexes
, his phallic symbols and Oedipal conflicts, penis envy and castration anxiety.
Thomieres notes that these three characters find no respite from their cathexes
, which drives these characters towards death, or, in Browns case, "death in life" (19).
become a bit more comprehensible upon analysis of research such as that reported by Posner (2002):
594) More strongly, she maintains that some "might even say that we insult women by attributing to them such milquetoast psyches that they can be imagined incapable of fomenting powerful phantasmatic cathexes
and desires," (595) and so can be injured by sex.
Against the orthodox Freudian conceptualization of narcissism as innately fixed towards the actualization of distinction through authoritarianism and destructiveness, Fromm argues that it is possible to divert narcissistic cathexes
into a common normative commitment to human solidarity.
Although Freud saw successful mourning concluding with the bereaved's eventually moving on to invest his/her object cathexes
in another, psychologists such as Abraham and Potok saw mourning more as introjection: the interiorization and assimilation of the lost individual into an inner present.
20) For Freud, successful mourning ended when the bereaved invested his / her object cathexes
in another, while for other psychologists, mourning was essentially introjection--the interiorization and assimilation of the lost individual into an inner present.