The concentration of mental energy on one particular person, idea, or object (especially to an unhealthy degree).
- Vincent describes three developmental positions in adolescence: chaos, narcissistic depression, and renewed cathexis of the object.
- Because the structure of cathexis emphasizes affective and normative components of relationships, Wingood and DiClemente refer to it as the structure of affective attachments and social norms.
- The only thing that I can do, or anybody else can do, is to help you see that, and see your way to, what is called in psycho-medical literature, cathexis.
1920s: from Greek kathexis 'retention', translating German Libidobesetzung, coined by Freud.
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