libidinal energy

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Related to libidinal energy: Oedipus complex, gratification, Eros, cathexis, sublimation
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Noun1.libidinal energy - (psychoanalysis) psychic energy produced by the libido
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"
mental energy, psychic energy - an actuating force or factor
cathexis, charge - (psychoanalysis) the libidinal energy invested in some idea or person or object; "Freud thought of cathexis as a psychic analog of an electrical charge"
acathexis - (psychoanalysis) a lack of cathexis; a condition in which significant objects or memories arouse no emotion in an individual
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And for all that she highlights Austen's commitment to "a sense of total human relationships" (94), Chandler gives short shrift to some of the varieties of libidinal energy that Austen gestures toward through that technique of "covert implication"--those which ultimately fail to be sanctified by her marriage plots.
What are these agglomerated soft receptacles for libidinal energy if not an otaku variation on the knitted afghans and stuffed animals in Mike Kelley's More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid, 1987?
Barratt clearly takes Freud's supposedly obsolete economic model very seriously, regarding libidinal energy as non-metaphorical reality: 'We then suffer as our libidinality is no longer free-flowing and we become alienated from our capacity for erotic joy' (p.
He cannot adequately discharge this dangerous libidinal energy, and as he becomes more conscious of it, his anxiety intensifies.
One transforms the energy of the drives into libidinal energy. The energy to be contained is that of the living being, the living being with a nervous system.
By thus resolving this incestuous conundrum, the boy passes into the latency period, channeling his repressed libidinal energy into asexual pursuits such as school, athletics, and same-sex friendships.
Vampires are pure id, libidinal energy incarnate, and this makes them both dangerous and dangerously attractive.
The erotic being defined as "the biological sexual drive expressed in and mediated through the socially and culturally specific," it follows that the whole field of human activities is invested with libidinal energy wherever the divisions between the powered and the disempowered are concerned (9).
The machines are taking us over in order to steal our precious libidinal energy? What a comforting thought.
The most frequently reported effect of sex work on participants' sexuality concerns libidinal energy. A number of participants found that, since having begun this line of work, they no longer cruised for sex or were less likely to actively seek out sex for pleasure.
Hall's splendid discussion of Silas Marner argues that Silas's socialization should be read against the grain as the violent penetration of a private world by the social body, where the harmless fondling of coins signifies a self-abusive hoarding of libidinal energy. Other articles on Le Fanu and Kingsley examine strategies of closeting and celibacy, while Dennis Denisoff illustrates how W.